Paris’s Wreck Plus is back with a single, teasing their upcoming 2019 album while evoking the best things about traditional heavy metal. Throw out the clutch with these two fun tracks.
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.
In exquisite production, Argus evokes the greats of traditional heavy metal with their own version and vision of the musical architecture, which involves just a touch of doom.
On an album full of anthems, Satan’s Hallow creates a vision of traditional heavy metal that is both exciting and exemplary. This is the contemporary Platonic ideal of trad!
In this excellent EP, Trevor William Church builds traditional heavy metal that is catchy and fun and leaves us wanting more. Fortunately, there’s more to come.
Grand in scale and structure, “Far From Light” is Lunar Shadow giving us creative and elemental traditional heavy metal that moves beyond homage with twin guitar attacks and great songwriting.
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.