While the aesthetic of Desyre is glammy, don’t let that (or the title) of their latest album, Glamtron, throw you into a state of contempt prior to investigation. This five-piece band from Finland is more than image, and their music proves they can hold their own on stage. With the prominent sound of keyboards on every track, a seasoned listener will likely draw comparisons to Bon Jovi, Europe – even Stryper frontman Michael Sweet in his ’70s embodiment. Glamtron is 11 tracks of rockers without a single ballad. The salubrious, catchy “Party Song,” is a raise-your-fist-and-yell anthem flaunting guitar-driven power and the vocals of frontman/guitarist Mazi Danger Bee. The heavy “Protector” is a metal tune right out of the ’80s, very reminiscent of the Dr. Feelgood-era of Motley Crue, with Danger Bee belting out the message. Sounding like Oz Fox and Michael Sweet on guitar duty, “First Blood” stands out by throwing together all the elements of vintage hair metal. Desyre is a band of many ingredients. Glamtron is their finest soup.
When rock emerged from blues and 'heavy metal' began to surface, faith-based metal acts also rose to start their own journeys. Initially shunned by both believers and non-believers, they were fighting for their spot at the table, ultimately building a legacy that would go on to change the genre forever. HM presents an oral history of the beginning of Christian metal music, featuring Guardian, Tourniquet, Holy Soldier, Whitecross, and, of course, Stryper.Full Feature More from Guardian
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Death metal is no longer strictly a one-kind-of-sound genre but a cloud under which many elements have formed. We have assembled five must-hear death metal acts you should be listening to now, each distinctly set apart from another in form, yet still brethren in the death metal community.Full Feature More from In-Conquered
At their core, Atreyu is a hard rock band with metal riffs and pop choruses. Now, after more than 20 years, the band has stepped boldly into their next chapter with a change in lineup and an album that proves the lifeblood of Atreyu is stronger than ever.Full Feature More from Atreyu