With the hellscape of 2020 deep into the rear view mirror, 2021 came roaring forward with a new era of bangers for the post-pandemic world. Whether released by metal stalwarts or up-and-coming new-bloods, these are the tracks that stood out so far in 2021.

It’s been a fantastic year so far, with death metal legends releasing their best works in over a decade and modern down-tuned acts exploring limitless audio space. A rejuvenated nu-metal scene has delivered groove-laden cuts from the depths, juxtaposing new triumphs in traditional heavy metal and transcendental black metal. So far, 2021 has been a banquet.

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Check out Loudwire’s picks for the Best Metal Songs of 2021 (So Far) in the gallery below.

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2021's Best Metal Songs (So Far)

Loudwire's picks for the best metal songs of 2021 so far.