If you're here looking for something new that sounds like the rest of the music out there, turn back now. However, if you are feeling adventurous, enjoy a touch of the dramatic, and have a taste for headbanging to synth music, I have good news. Alpha Boötis ticks all of those boxes and then some. Their latest full length, Space Vikings and Other Stories, is unlike anything I have experienced, and that's coming from someone who writes about music every day.
Self branding themselves as "space disco synth metal," Alpha Boötis blend the grooves of synth based music with the operatic vocals and heavy riffs of power metal. As soon as you press play on Space Vikings and Other Stories, you know you're not in Kansas anymore. You know you're not even in this solar system anymore. This stuff is light years away from the run-of-the-mill stuff you're used to. I found myself grooving to the beat, shredding some air guitar, stomping my feet, and banging my head in equal measure as I played through the record. Where else are you going to get a space opera, metal show, and dancefloor beats all at the same time?
I can't recommend Space Vikings and Other Stories enough. It's fun, it's inventive, and it's easily one of my favorite albums of the year. Alpha Boötis have a treasure trove of goodies in their discography (available with all sorts of real world goodies if you want!) over at Bandcamp. I suggest you spend the weekend exploring!