A power metal, glam metal, and punky graveyard smash, “Walpyrgus Nights” is upbeat and catchy in that way that only comes from a deep love of musical excess. Extra cheese, please.
Tour the abyssal plains with Benthic Realm’s self-titled EP as your soundtrack. This is crushingly gorgeous doom, unadulterated by artifice.
If listening to metal were archeology, “Evil Aggressor” would ruin your expected evolutionary timeline. How else to explain perfectly mid-80s metal that dates only to 2016? Trust me, you’ve been missing this link.
In less than a month, Denver’s Apotheon will give us two versions of “Mechanically Consumed,” in a talented mix of prog and death metal. Read about how they resist standardization and embrace variance here.
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.
Landless captivates and compels in equal measure, with ghostly vocals and clever arrangements that spell beautiful doom. Inexorable and sublime, the album paints a bleak and provocative picture that will hypnotize you.