Legions Of Bastards
Label: Century Media
These speedy Swedes remain committed to metal in its traditionally iron-clad ice-storm form. Their sixth album's statement of purpose is "Skull Crusher," which amusingly, if masochistically, screams of "obsessive and compulsive headbanging against the wall," complete with an '80s Accept shout chorus. "Road to Hell," one of two swipes at religious charlatans, is another hefty horse race. Two mid-set numbers get spacey and psychedelic, while other chronicled topics include werewolves, absinthe, schizophrenia, and -- in multi-part closer "K-141 Kursk" -- a doomed Russian nuclear submarine.