Inspired by sword and sorcery literature, The Armor of Ire tells the story of the Eternal Champion, bound by fate to fight for cosmic balance. This tale is told through traditional heavy metal that may be just a bit more than meets the ear.
Persefone’s complex attempt to push the boundaries of progressive, death, and melodic metal, Aathma goes to great lenghts to circumscribe the borders of each genre – and break through to something greater that itself. Ambitious and conceptual, this album demands attention.
Ancient Empire has created a genre exemplar with Other World. In this eight-song epic, humanity flees alien invaders, and we are asked difficult questions about our societal hubris. Plus, you get your face melted off. Win-win.
Messa uses Belfry’s hour-long running time to explore modern notions of ambient doom and metal while evoking the sounds of the late 70s, complete with the occasional jazz interlude. There’s a lot of blues, a lot of heaviness, and a lot of weird noise going on here. And it’s quite beautiful.
Sometimes you review a band based solely on the strength of their name, album title, and cover art, and if Booze Control’s The Lizard Rider doesn’t qualify, nothing can. The album is an absurd adventure, and metal fans will find something to appreciate about it.
This is the soundtrack for your next house party, practically guaranteed to get people in the mood for fun. These tunes are anthemic, and in little more than a half hour Churchhouse Creepers will have your head banging, your body sweating, and your voice tired of singing along.
Magic Night is a concentrated effort to evoke a specific atmosphere, full of intentionality. The arrangements, the instrumentation, the voicings, the mixing, all of it comes together in a relatively seamless production that commands attention: all the more so because Violet Cold is a one-man effort.