Prog outfit Pain of Salvation paints the story of band leader Daniel Gildenlöw’s brush with death as a result of a flesh-eating bacteria. The results are existential, exacting, and excellent.
Dopelord creates a sound all their own on “Children of the Haze,” blending stoner rock and doom with a touch of magic. This contagious, riff heavy album does exactly what it wants to.
Mutoid Man’s “War Moans” is unapologetically dirty, rough, and lascivious, and it’s having so much fun that you’ll be swept up in its aggression with a smile.
Devil Electric’s self-titled release combines groovy doom with hard rock and 70s fuzz into a seductive debut. Only hard work sounds this casual.
In this excellent EP, Trevor William Church builds traditional heavy metal that is catchy and fun and leaves us wanting more. Fortunately, there’s more to come.
Without one misplaced note, Trees of Eternity offers up an hour of melancholy deliberation, and a beautiful farewell to and from singer Aleah Stanbridge.
Andrew D’Cagna’s solo project, Iron Flame, commits his imagination to “Lightning Strikes the Crown” and its stories of mythical creatures and metal avatars. The result is a potent riot.
With complex structures, provocative themes, and adroit execution, DVNE provides excellent contemporary progressive metal, with elements of doom, stoner rock, and more.