From Dusk to Eternity
Buil2Kill Records
Street: 05.05
Gladenfold = Wintersun + post–’00s Amorphis + Rhapsody

Even though it sounds like a smooth blend of bands from Spinefarm’s early years, Gladenfold mixes just enough power metal into their synth-driven melodic death metal to breathe life into a genre I had given up on years ago. The band’s musicianship is stunning for a debut, and the production is incredibly clear, giving those dueling guitar solos and sweeping synth leads the extra push they need. Yet, there’s something delightfully cheesy about From Dusk to Eternity. Gladenfold’s debut remains refreshingly out of place in an age where metal seems to be taking itself way too seriously. –Henry Glasheen