someone has to be! — will blow your minds with tales of struggle, annoyance and victory, the delivery of which sometimes doesn’t work very well with metal, but singer Joakim Brodén makes a point of clearly enunciating, which really helps when he’s trying to lay those heavy themes on you.
Whittier’s very own sonic sadists Exmortus celebrate their 15th year as one of the finest purveyors of deeply tight, extortionately ordered extreme metal that makes the unfaithful eat their words with a healthy dose of Tabasco. Kreator — the pride of Essen, Germany — formed 35 years ago and went through various name changes until finally finding their own voice, using it to flay the gathered throngs of fans like a whip made entirely of barbed wire. Swedish power metallers Sabaton — sometimes called a “tireless killing machine,” because