JUDAS PRIEST (UK)
– Judas Priest prove they are still heavy metal gods. They engage in their trademark hooks and harmonies and manage to remain muscular. A must-have album.
HUMAN SERPENT (Greece)
...To Son Of Nothing
– Slitheringly savage and silky-smooth black metal from Greece.
– Thickly toned, vicious Oakland filthy weaved with groove.
– Cartoony, tongue in cheek superficial layer of Slugdge covers a strange, twisted, gnarly proggy death.
WHITE WIZZARD (LA)
– Oh, the revelry of heavy metal is so charming from these LA musicians.
BLACK ROYAL (Finland)
– Leather clad warriors birthed these Finns in the middle of a forest, and the witches cackled with glee.
RIVERS OF NIHIL (PA)
– Melodic play in serious djent-style.
– Lumbering, oppressive throttle crushing you.
Za Zoreyu Scho Striloyu Syaye…
– 11th release, but still refreshing harsh Eastern European black metal simmering with emotion.
– Dulcimer-loving nerd incorporating rich folk and pagan.
To Hell or the Hangman
– Straining leather pants metal.