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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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ISSUE 78
ALBUM REVIEWS

(A-B)  (B-D)  (D-G)  (G-K)  (K-M)  (M-P)  (P-S)  (S-ST)  (S-W)  (W-Z)

ADOLFO, ANTONIO
Tema

ALBEZ DUZ
The Coming Of M

ARCHEMORON
Sulphur and Fir

ARKADIA
Unrelenting

ARMONITE
The Sun Is New

ARS MORIENDI
La Singuliere N

ASHEN HORDE
Nine Plagues

BJORKENHEIM, RA...
eCsTaSy

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