You guys should check out Armour. If you're a fan of regular, traditional heavy metal, these Finnish metallers will be right up your alley. Actually, if you like metal in general, you should absolutely give them a look. They're a no frills, plain metal band that doesn't try to play you, and tells you what they're about right from the get go: for example, somewhat sloppy musicianship, but with memorable and fun songs you'll come back to over and over.
I won't hide that Armor isn't unique. In fact, they sound like 20 bazillion traditional heavy metal bands that rampaged through the golden years of metal (the '80s, duh!), but in today's favor of extreme kinds of metal, they're a breath of fresh air and likely an indication of things to come. I think I'd probably lump them into the NWoTHM (New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal) labeling because bands playing pure heavy metal are popping up more and more, which is quite fantastic, and hopefully catches on further.
Crunchy guitar riffs, high pitched and scratchy vocals, and hooks galore are good descriptors of Armour's sound. Looks like the perfect formula for a metal band, am I right? My story with Armour is random, as I was visiting a college away from my own and managed to stumble into a record store, in which I blind bought their self-titled debut. I supposed I bought it based on album artwork (which is awesome, by the way!). Thankfully, I wasn't disappointed one bit and got the great, rockin' experience I had been looking for.
You're probably dying to hear a track or two. That's why I clicked the button and submitted this post, right? Don't worry, I'll give you the goods. I guarantee you won't hate them, and you'll be out and about looking for their debut as soon as possible.
Keep it metal,
The Metal Advisor
Armour - "The Time is Right"
Armour - "Satan's Knights"
Armour - "Can't Resist Your Spell"
(I thought I'd include the "single" from the album as well.)