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Embassy of Silence: Verisimilitude (2015)

This is a delightful album by a woman-fronted Finnish progressive metal act that doesn’t get nearly enough attention. I discovered this album via Spotify a few months ago, and got hooked on the first song, “Shame, Spin & Click” – a surprisingly upbeat and catchy tune in which vocalist Inez Lukkanen compares being in an abusive relationship with Russian Roulette.

It’s a surprisingly apt metaphor when you think about it.

Other standout tracks include “Flamer”, in which Ms. Lukkanen turns a razor wit on some hapless schmuck who made the mistake of getting pretentious with her, and “Absurdoscope”, which is worth it just for the end where she says, “Dude, the 80s called. They want their solo back.”