Now we go a bit darker and much heavier with Eagle Twin. The Feather Tipped the Serpent's Scale is epic doom and down-tuned goodness, despite that it does plod along nicely and never feels samey. You probably have to be in the right mood for this lot, but when you are it does reward quite nicely. They are a bunch of miserable blokes from Utah, but their misery is great to listen to in the end.
Grave Digger's Home at Last EP is quite a generous release of power metal. It is three studio tracks and three live tracks that end up being 30 minutes of head down quality metal. It's also fists in the air and foot on the monitor, head-banging metal that is clearly aimed at the festival crowd. Not exactly genre-busting, but this release is damn good fun all the same. It is to get us all limbered up for their upcoming full-length. Job done methinks.
Striker deliver a heavy metal onslaught that is very North American in sound—-they are from Canada. This highly technical big sound-type metal mixes thrash and a touch of power metal one minute, then straight-up American hard rock the next. Armed to the Teeth could have been released in the '80s and fit right in. They have managed to mix all their influences into a pot and not sound like any one of them which is quite a feat for many of the NWOAHM bands. Sit back let it sink in and enjoy proper heavy rock done right.
Well that is your lot for this week. Stay safe and rocking out there.