Artizan are a band I have been fond of since their first album in 2011. Masterminded by drummer Ty Tammeus, they blazed a trail on the melodic power metal world with a truly impactful mark on an oftentimes droll and repetitive genre. I’ve said it before, and will keep saying, there are some amazing bands on the power metal scene, but there are an equal amount of bands that are so derivative I find it tough to enjoy most of them.
Busting onto the scene full steam ahead are the new hard rock outfit Outloud with their album debut self titled. Even though they we’re formed in 2008, the lineup consists of former members from some recognizable metal and hard rock groups such as lead singer Chandler Mogel (Talon), Bob Katsionis (Firewind, Nightfall) along with Mark Cross ( Firewind).