1. Benediction are a band I've been interested in for quite some time based off of one thing: the album cover of Transcend the Rubicon. It's so intricate, so detailed, and so awesome looking. I love the river flowing through an ancient civilization, one that likely worshiped ancient gods.
I had a chance to listen to the album once through, and I was impressed. It's hard to have an overall impression based on one listen, but I found the album to have lots of variety tempo-wise from hyper fast to a more medium pace, like the track I'm posting
Benediction - "Painted Skulls"
2. Ah, yes, Galneryus. I've also been familiar with the Japanese power metal quartet, and, again, I am thoroughly impressed. As I've said over and over again, I'm a sucker for neoclassical influence, and Galneryus have it in spades. I think the thing that intially drew me to the band a few years back was their guitar player. He's an absolutely incredible player: clean, yet so delicate, hitting every note with the up most precision. I really envy him and wish I could play my axe as well as him, but that's a different story! It's hard to post one song, so you get three. Aren't you lucky?
Galneryus - "Rebel Flag"
Galneryus - "Holding the Broken Wings"
Galneryus - "Destiny"
(The intro music/vocal combination gives me chills at 17 or 18 seconds in. This is also with their new vocalist. You'll also notice a change in the band's sound.)
3. ARGHHHHH!!!!!!! COOKIE MONSTER!!!!!!!!! That might be your reaction if you're not familiar with the death metal vocal style. However, how can you not like the riffs in this song? They're everywhere! I love this one because of the abundance of chunky, meaty riffs. And like a cherry on top, those so called cookie monster vocals are just the way I like 'em, and the song is insanely headbangable. Crank this one as loud as it will go.
Sinister - "Magnified Wrath"
4. I suppose one more should do it. Bow down to the METAL INQUISITOR! But seriously, they appear really awesome on the surface. Epic album cover, cool album name, heavy riffs, and a great vocalist. I have yet to hear anymore from the band, but I'm pretty much sold with this track. It's pure freakin' heavy metal at the core.
Metal Inquisitor - "Restricted Agony"