Rusted Dawn – The Black Tides Of War (Diminished Fifth Records)

While The Black Tides Of War might be their full-length debut, New Brunswick’s Rusted Dawn have been making headbangers’ necks sore since 2004. Brandishing a punishing sound that bears some resemblance to Slayer, the boys stay true to traditional thrash metal values including the stop-on-a-dime time signature changes and relentless speed matched with killer vocals. The Black Tides Of War is a full-on, world-class heavy metal release that will leave listeners speechless in its wake.