“Sumerlands” by Sumerlands

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” by Wreck Plus

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.