Atlanta rockers driven by vocalist

Rolling Stone named Royal Thunder's Wick one of the best metal albums of 2017, but “metal” may not be the best descriptor for the Atlanta band. Singer Mlny Parsonz's wail is as indebted to Janis Joplin as it is Ozzy Osbourne, and the wah-soaked guitar solo on single “April Showers” is downright bluesy at times. So call it metal, call it hard rock or pysch-rock — whatever it is, Parsonz is a force to be reckoned with. (Safe bet)