In 2017, even traditional heavy metal, complete with dual harmonized guitars accompanying the tales of legendary blacksmiths and magical spellbooks, is still as fun as ever. Dream Tröll evokes their heroes with earnest homage.
Have your neck braces ready. Nightmare Logic, Power Trip’s sophomore effort, is truly modern thrash, indebted to the genre’s giants and infused with their glorious energy.
On an album full of anthems, Satan’s Hallow creates a vision of traditional heavy metal that is both exciting and exemplary. This is the contemporary Platonic ideal of trad!
King Woman’s post-metal exploration of doom is a ticket to hazy and strange musical landscapes. It makes no apologies and takes no prisoners in its quest for catharsis.
The greats of thrash would be proud of Tyranex’s “Death Roll,” the rare album that imparts G-forces to the listener with its blazing speed and blistering riffs. Not for the faint of heart.
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.