Various Artists - Obscure Anthems AA.VV (2013)
Compilation albums and label samplers are a great way to come across new bands, and on this offering from Radioactive Records, twelve different groups get the chance to represent themselves. About half of the tracks are heavy rock, but there's also some traditional heavy metal (in the form of Sideburn, who start off the album), gothic metal (Cpt. Kronos, with the creaking "Queen Of The Night"), traditional doom metal (provided by Sulphurea and Fever Dog, as well as Spirit Caravan's faithful cover of a Saint Vitus song), plus some space metal (mainly in the song from Cosmic Fool). It's a nice delving into the collection of artists Radioactive Records has to offer, and if you're looking to explore some new heavy music while enjoying a beer and looking forward to summer, this will do it up a treat. Keep your ears open, and you might find a few bands you'll want to give further investigation.
For Fans Of; Easy Rider Records, Halo Of Flies (the label), Forcefield Records, Southern Lord, Nuclear Blast