STEP TO FREEDOM: 2014-2019 Discography: CS

There is rusty metal and then there’s crusty metal and this band is the latter. This Nizhny Novgorod-based four-piece slams through monster riffs and vocals that are the purest form of guttural you can imagine, cutting through sludge with the sharpest of edges. Could have a better balance of groove and pure riff, but overall I see what they’re going for and appreciate their honesty. –Theresa W. (Audacious Madness)