Editors’ Notes These Pasadena, California speed-metal throwbacks are having a blast—even the war songs, leading with “Crystal King” and “Waste Them All Away,” make bloody battles sound like raging keggers. The latter could almost pass for early-’80s Van Halen, while the majestically Thin Lizzy-esque “Pro Patria Mori” also leans more toward chunky hard rock. Guitar solos jump through hoops of fire in the indelibly chorused “Descent into the Maelstrom,” and nine-minute closer “Black Lotus” turns pastoral before climaxing with an amusingly incongruous minute of death metal.

SONG
Crystal King
1
3:46
 
Waste Them All Away
2
3:47
 
Sudden Death
3
3:27
 
Those Who Will Remain
4
4:12
 
Descent into the Maelstrom
5
4:23
 
Apotheosis
6
4:43
 
Psychomachia
7
3:45
 
No More Heroes
8
3:33
 
Pro Patria Mori
9
5:41
 
Black Lotus
10
9:33
 

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