The best part of music is when it makes you think. And the best part of metal is that it has the power to make you think harder. The debut album by Aetherfallen, with a story that is both weighty and well written, is sure to command a few listens, like it or not. The same could be said for Deuil, who explore the stages of grief on their new EP. And while Kalmah and Chthonic continue to improve with age, they also both make you question the norm. One musically, and the other politically. But a true victory is bringing back the past, without sacrificing the future, as Sleestak take their classic TV moniker for a spin, on an album that unites future and past under the same banner.