Magister Templi | Lucifer Leviathan Logos (2013)
I cannot get enough of the debut full-length release from Norway’s Magister Templi entitled Lucifer Leviathan Logos. What started out as a rehash of NWOBHM bands became much more. While the comparisons to classic Mercyful Fate will always be there, Lucifer Leviathan Logos is so much more than a clone of a classic band. The vocals are awesome and the rhythm guitars are just as great. Pick this one up when it hits shelves in May. You will not regret it.
Amorphis | Circle (2013)
The Finnish maestros of melodic death metal back and they just continue to impress. “Circle” is a heavier piece than their previous effort, but still contains all of the melodic elements that we love about Amorphis. There are so many highlights to this album and it will only sound better live.
Stone Sour | House of Gold & Bones Part II (2013)
Stone Sour is simply on fire. House of Gold & Bones Part I was absolutely intense and House of Gold & Bones Part II could even be better. Only time will tell with that one, but I do know that I seem to get into it more with each passing day. The melodic moments are sweet and the heavier segments are augmented that much more.