The sophomore effort from Swedish punk 'n' metal band Sister is a roadmap to their influences; early GN'R and Crüe, Judas Priest, Crashdïet, any number of other glam, blues, and sleaze-rock outfits. Disguised Vultures, the much-improved follow-up to 2011's Hated is brutal and raw-edged but oddly polished, too, and deadly serious about its hooks, which are often arena-rock sized. Sister's all-purpose rebellion can seem a little generic (you hate everything--we get it), but they've made a raised middle finger of an album that tries really hard to be badass, and often succeeds. ALLISON STEWART
Check out "Sick" from Disguised Vultures.