As Above, So Below
Label: Rise Above Records
These OGs of NWOBHM make their first studio slab in a quarter-century giddily inviting: just eight songs, all over five minutes, each with a low-income but open-hearted tune structure like old times. "Dead Sea Scrolls" and the filthy-riffed "Guillotine" (great titles!) ride an early-Sabbath undertow; "Witching Hour" and "Brainwashed" are built on the same Zep progression Heart swiped in "Barracuda." Add sweet changes, gothic moods, a singer who can actually sing and stuff about "genocide to the ozone layer," and you just might decide metal's past couple decades were only a bad dream you had.