1. Power metallers Johansson just now popped up on my radar. I'm really digging the classical influence, but, then again, I'm a sucker for that stuff. This is a very good song, with nice vocals and a great instrumental section, but I have one complaint: the drums are overbearingly loud. I'm not sure if it's the YouTube video or the actual production, but I'll find out when I get some of their material in my hands. In the meantime, let's all rock out to this one.
2. I touched on Evil Survives in my last post. "Die like a Samurai" captures the spirit of Maiden-influenced heavy metal perfectly with harmonized leads and galloping riffs. Again, I'm a sucker for this stuff. Vocals might take a little bit to get used to, but they're actually pretty charismatic. At least he's trying.
"Die like a Samurai"
3. Debauchery are a band that I've always avoided to checking out based on their tasteless album covers, and their claimed similarity to Six Feet Under. Today, I decided to look into them, and I'm somewhat glad I did. The band is best described as a mix of AC/DC-oriented hard rock, heavy metal, and death metal, a strange combo, to say the least. I find the vocals to be extremely thick and generally unsuitable for a hard rock sound, but,after a while of listening, I could get used to it. Their vocalist also uses a higher vocal range that is much more suitable for hard rock. Check parts of "3 Riff Hit" as example.
To be frank, I still find their album covers to be tasteless, their lyrics to reek of stupidity, and their overall image to be odd, but somehow it just works because their music is mindless and fun. I'll post two tracks.
"3 Riff Hit"
"Death Metal Warmachine"