“The Knight of Rebellion” by Dream Tröll

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.

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“Affinity” by Haken

In the span of two minutes, Haken takes you from a 60s sci-fi serial to modern conceptions of space and time, and these elements and more are woven throughout the subsequent hour of progressive metal. Intentional and concentrated listening pays off to reveal a fun and self-confident album.