Here's a rare and odd bit of American-made prog-metal that might have slipped under your radar, Angel of Mercy's 1987 album Avatar. Angel of Mercy were an ambitious power trio from Las Vegas who remind me a bit of early Manilla Road and the cult Italian band, Dark Quarterer. Like the aforementioned bands, Angel of Mercy seemed to get a lot of mileage from their old Rush albums. Kind of hard to figure out why record nerds aren't singing this album's praises today. Perhaps now they will.