CRUZ DEL SUR
Canadian power metal comes courtesy of the quintet Antiquus, whose eight-track ELEUTHERIA goes off on a conceptual tangent while bringing out the eloquence of traditional heavy metal. You'll find a slew of extended intros, Styx-esque vocals, and exaggerated dramatics pouring out from every pore of tracks like "KT Event" and "Redemption". Yet underneath the flash and sizzle of cuts like "Meta Icognita" lie a major influence of classic metal like Priest and Queensryche seeping through speakers while acoustic interludes and spoken word dialogue round out the full metal assault. Good stuff if you still wear spiked wristbands and denim jackets.