MY REGIME: DERANGED PATTERNS (2017)My Regime is a Swedish thrash metal band, featuring legendary Spiritual Beggars singer/songwriter Spice and several other members from other Swedish metal bands. Swedish thrash typically has a distinctly different sound, with an often cavernous guitar tone. For some reason I have never gotten quite as into Swedish thrash as the German style. My Regime's sound is rooted in late 1980's prime-era Slayer, with punk-like intensity, snarled vocals, and fast, crushing riffs. My Regime has only been around for a couple of years now, but I definitely like their sound. I am looking forward to more. "The Sound of Dying Dreams" is the best song on the album.
SINHERESY: DOMINO (2017)
Italian band Sinheresy apparently started their career as a Nightwish cover band, and it shows. Keyboard melodies and operatic female vocals are in heavy supply throughout this album. As far as a Nightwish era that the band most resembles, I would probably suggest their earlier period, before they became famous. There is an intensity and distortion in the guitar riffs that is more similar to that period. The songs are catchy as hell, with some impressive vocal interplay between singers Stefano Sain and Cecilia Petrini. I do not really listen to much Nightwish these days, so this album is a bit lost on me, but I can appreciate the songs on it.
ULVEDHARR: TOTAL WAR (2017)
You do not see too many Viking-themed bands come from Italy, but apparently that is what Ulvedharr is going for here. This is a Viking-themed band in the vein of Unleashed or Amon Amarth, meaning that even if the theme is Vikings, the music is far more aggressive. Ulvedharr play fast and intense thrash/death metal with pounding drums, sharp riffs, and growled, death metal-style roaring vocals. This album could honestly sneak into my Top Albums of 2017.