Hammerfall’s medieval/fantasy themed take on power metal is everything good about the subgenre - it’s bombastic, triumphant, celebratory, and just damn fun.
While countless bands have tried to emulate their monstrously complex, chainsaw-heavy groove, there will only ever be one Meshuggah. Nobody else will ever come close.
Tribulation’s signature sound, a gothic, progressive melodeath monster, is masterful and unique, and every bit deserving of the praise it receives.
Necrophobic really are one of the bands to beat when it comes to blackened death metal. The best elements of the influential genres are all on display here, combined into powerful, tremendously appealing, headbangers of tracks.
Anna von Hausswolff is simultaneously an alternate reality Kate Bush and something else entirely. This is music that will make you question the very notion of 'heavy' music and leave you with a newfound appreciation of the quieter moments amongst the bedlam.
Sabaton are on a mission to teach the disinterested about our combined history and its heroes and do so with great success with the backing of incredible music, earnestness, and a respect for the subject.