ARKADIA - Unrelenting - CD - Inverse Records - 2015
We would like to think we've progressed since the early 2000's, hoping bands
would start to move away from the melodic death metal sound. This sound hasn't
really been entertaining, or relevant since the
release of Clayman
by In Flames.
Sadly, it seems that this sound is getting revisited, this time by Arkadia. This 2015 release reeks of recycled riffs that should
have stayed in the Century Media early 2000s catalogue. We'll give these
gentlemen credit, though: their songs are well crafted, and display sufficient
technical prowess. The flattery, however, stops there.
While we give the band a passing grade in the musicianship department, the
rest of the album is as stale as a sandwich that's been left too long on the
radiator. That would not have been an issue if the ideas were original, but
they are not.
The lyrical content is the most problematic. The lyrics are not well
written, and seem more like generic droppings from a late 90s emo band. We do
hope that these guys will develop over time as they certainly have potential. (4/10)
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