Our favorite bands are beginning to return from COVID hibernation and they've brought goodies. Throughout 2021 so far, rock and metal has been on a tear, from established radio acts to the furthest nether regions of extreme audio.
If you think rock and metal is dead, take a look at the charts in the United Kingdom. You'll see plenty of No. 1 albums on this list, including records by Foo Fighters, Architects, Royal Blood and more. The United States may remain obsessed with pop and hip-hop, but Gojira scraped to the top of the U.S. Album Sales Chart, landing at No. 1 for impressive pure sales and streams.