Mortal Music

Stygian - Rising Fury (Mortal Music)

You know how pretty much every high school metal band of a certain age (about eighteen months after they've switched from playing pop-punk to hard rock, on average), when asked about their influences, will almost inevitably say the words "Metallica" and "Pantera" within the next five words? No matter what they actually sound like? This is the sound of those kids with a lot more honesty, and a decade of spit and polish behind them.

Unfortunately, Stygian's Rising Fury has not enough spit and too much polish.