In a tight half hour, Legionnaire showcases glorious harmonized guitars on top of a thrumming rhythm section that recalls some of the best of traditional heavy metal.
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.
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.
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.
There is so much heaviness and great songwriting packed into this half hour that you get the sense the band is trying to put only its best foot forward. Sumerlands is extremely tight and well-produced, features excellent songwriting, and calls to mind some of the best heavy metal of all time.
Dark Construktor sounds like a bunch of guys who really love classic heavy metal playing music in their apartment, and that’s exactly what it is, given that some of the bass, guitar, and vocals were recorded in their home studio. This is a love letter to classic heavy metal, but at the same time, the music is fresh in the way a garage band can be.