All songs on this segment are gathered in a Spotify playlist, you can find it here
The Classic: Testament - Electric Crown
"The Ritual" is one of the more controversial Testament albums out there, and certainly one of their more experimental. There is very little thrash metal in it, and the band is using a lot of influences from the modern music of the 90's. I can still enjoy the album, especially since it has a couple of fantastic gems that should not be missed.
"Electric Crown"Has a fantastic groove to it, a beat that is infectious and right for its time. Alex Skolnick produces several high quality riffs here, and also a fantastic solo that does not disappoint. Yes, it is more modern than the average Testament supporter would have liked, but it is still a great song, showing that Testament is way more than a mere one trick pony.
The Newcomer: Equilibrium - Eternal Destination
Equilibrium is an odd band. Like, really odd. When you think you have them figured out, you get thrown in the face with video game beats or some polka music. They are unpredictable, but in an amazing way. Weirdly enough though, it is one of the more beautiful songs of the new record "Armageddon" that dominates. The closing song "Eternal Destination" is a grand, epic finale where the band just shows yet another side of themselves, a side that may be more serious, but is also so god damn epic. An impressive finish on a album that was overall neat.
The Personal Favourite: ReVamp feat. Devin Townsend - The Anatomy of A Nervous Breakdown: Neurasthenia
Some duets in metal are simply amazing, pure heaven made matches. Putting together ReVamp singer Floor Jansen with the Canadian madman Devin Townsend sounded like a great idea from the start, and the execution delivered big time. "Neurasthenia" is the last part of the 3 part song "The Antomy of A Nervous Breakdown", a breakdown that reaches its climax in an astounding way. The epic qualities of this song are immense, helped even further by the powerful voice of Floor whom delivers an extremely strong performance. Add some (Dev)insanity to the mix, and you got yourself one of the coolest tracks out there, one that grows on you with every listen.
Check out my review of the album this song is from, "Wild Card"
Robert "Sharkruisher" Andersson