Defender They Came From the High Pass

Euro power metal has the uncanny ability to either have you dusting off the old leather jacket so you can bang your head like the granddaddies of metal, or have you retching like a sick feline. Defender rape and pillage Maiden's back catalogue and the sci-fi section of your local used book store to come up with quite a melodic beast - even more impressive when you consider it's basically a one-man project. Power metal fans will find tracks like "Dragon," "Summit Day" and "Maze of the Minotaur" most worthy of the "horns" salute. (Necropolis)