Best of 2021: Brat (aka evilNat)

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Brat’s Best of 2021

1. Eclipse – WiredWired

2. Crowne – Kings of the NorthCrowne – Kings In The North

3. Circus of Rock – Circus of RockMirka Rantanen

04. Arion – Vultures Die Alone

05. Laurenne/Louhimo – The Reckoning

06. Orden Ogan – Final DaysOrden Ogan - Final Days

07. Helloween – HelloweenHelloween

08. ENDVS – Cessation

09. Seven Spires – Gods of Debauchery

10. Feuerschwanz – Memento Mori

11. Joel Hoestkra’s 13 – Running Games

12. Powerwolf – Call of the WildPowerwolf - Call of the Wild

13. Leverage – Above the Beyond

14. Evergrey – Escape of the PhoenixEvergrey - Escape of the Phoenix

15. Crazy Lixx – Street Lethal

16. Epica – Omega

17. Voodoo Circle – Locked & Loaded

18. Creye – II

19. Phantom Elite – Titanium

20. Ad Infinitum – Chapter II Legacy

Best Concert/Best Live Streamed Concert

Virtual World

Nightwish – An evening with Nightwish in a virtual world (scheduled for release on DVD in 2022)
Australia’s borders have been sealed for 2 years so I have been mourning the lack of live music.

Best female metal release for 2021

Laurenne/Louhimo – The Reckoning

Best New Band

ENDVS – Cessation
Proud to be naming an Australian band for this category.

Best Live Album

One Desire – One Night Only – Live in Helsinki

Best Metal DVD/Blu-Ray

Hands down has to be SABATON’s The Great Box with a build your own stage out of Cobi blocks. How old am I?

Sabaton Cobi


Favourite non-metal release from 2021

The Pretty Recklass – Death by Rock and Roll
Contemporary grunge with a ballsy female singer.

Best Remake Album

Jeff Scott Soto – Duets

Best Covers Album

LORD – Undercovers
While Nuclear Blast released a massive 2CD behemoth with metal bands covering songs over the decades, LORD’s Undercovers including iconic Australian acts/songs can’t be overlooked.


Best Local Band

Australia’s live music scene has been shut for a good part of 2 years as a result of the pandemic so no-one’s been playing.

Disappointments of 2021

Iron Maiden – Senjutsu

Hopes for 2022

I  hope for original and international live music to return. That the Australian federal and state governments stop the hypocrisy of allowing large sporting events to take place while live music venues, artists and crew suffer financially as well as mentally.