In the song's first 20 seconds, the doom-metal band strides along with unmistakable heft, like a knight returned victorious from battle. But it's a ruse.
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"Epochryphal Gloom" digs into the gnarliest extremes of metal in eight minutes. You can feel Mortals sweat as the song bounces into a thrashed boogie.
Hear the Richmond black-metal band get a haunting vocal assist from Windhand's Dorthia Cottrell in the 11-minute "Lantern at the End of Time."
On a new 7", Toronto-based Blood Ceremony tackles a once-lost gem by '70s Scottish hard rockers Iron Claw and thankfully doesn't change much — including and especially the flute solo.
Parisian musician James Kent is one of the foremost disciples of the expanding retro-synth movement. Hear synths seethe with growing contempt in "Future Club."
High Spirits is the work of Chris Black, a defender of the faith as handed down by Thin Lizzy, Scorpions and Iron Maiden. Get your air guitars ready to weep to "I Will Run."
No Coast feels like a blueprint for the returning elder statespersons of emo. There's enough of what made us love Braid in the first place, but it also admits that age changes tastes and bodies.
With "Cherry Quartz," Lantlôs ditches tortured black metal in favor of the most fully realized heavy dream-pop record in recent memory.
Twelve years after its last album, the scrappy, nails-dug-in emo band returns with a bright and sunny power-pop song that can't help but be tinged by some regret.
When you name your band after a Mercyful Fate song, you'd better damn well live up to it. Thankfully, The Oath's "Silk Road" sounds something like Heart raised on a healthy dose of King Diamond.