“Lightning Strikes the Crown” by Iron Flame

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.

“More God Than Man” by Death Rides a Horse

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.