“In the Passing Light of Day” by Pain of Salvation

Prog outfit Pain of Salvation paints the story of band leader Daniel Gildenlöw’s brush with death as a result of a flesh-eating bacteria. The results are existential, exacting, and excellent.

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“Death Roll” by Tyranex

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.

“Odd” by Descarado

As stoner rock gets more international, Sweden’s Descarado offers us an addition to the genre that could have been written in Palm Desert in 1992. “Odd” hits just the right notes to evoke the desert rock we love so much.