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 songs structured like the rise and fall of Fertile Crescent societies, Death Rides a Horse gives us an album of desperate, doomy honorifics, laced with varied influence and singular in purpose.
A power metal, glam metal, and punky graveyard smash, “Walpyrgus Nights” is upbeat and catchy in that way that only comes from a deep love of musical excess. Extra cheese, please.