In a tight half hour, Legionnaire showcases glorious harmonized guitars on top of a thrumming rhythm section that recalls some of the best of traditional heavy metal.
No, that’s not a Muppet metal band fronted by Sweetums. That’s the best of Bavarian thrash. “DressAge” is destined to become a classic of the genre.
Saor brings us the marriage of atmospheric black metal and Celtic folk metal on a focused and purposeful album that calls forth Scotland’s traditional instruments and poetry.
A descent into a chthonic realm of ambition and death, Conduit arrests us in its warped sense of time and color. King Goat brings agility to doom.
A study in economy, Face of the Unknown demonstrates that tight songwriting and purposeful composition are Prayers of Sanity’s greatest strengths. Thrash riffs for days!
If listening to metal were archeology, “Evil Aggressor” would ruin your expected evolutionary timeline. How else to explain perfectly mid-80s metal that dates only to 2016? Trust me, you’ve been missing this link.
As stoner rock gets more international, Sweden’s Descarado offers us an addition to the genre that could have been written in Palm Desert in 1992. “Odd” hits just the right notes to evoke the desert rock we love so much.
In less than a month, Denver’s Apotheon will give us two versions of “Mechanically Consumed,” in a talented mix of prog and death metal. Read about how they resist standardization and embrace variance here.