Music Review Unleash The Archers CD: Time Stands Still

By: Callum (CJ) Lavender
Label: Napalm Records
Available: 26th June 2015
Discovering this band for the first time I’ve got to say I was pleasantly surprised. I downloaded the album with some expectations as to what it would sound like but it was mostly what I wasn’t expecting. It’s hard to really explain what I mean but as I said I was surprised.

I wasn’t expecting the mastery of the guitar work. The guitar work consists of mostly shredding instead of being the standard riff orientated power metal album, and it is executed near flawlessly. It has mostly great drum work as well apart from the occasional dreaded gravity blasts (guess how I feel about those) and indeed everyone shows their skill at every opportunity. But the one thing I was most surprised about was the vocalist. As it features a female vocalist it was cool to hear that it wasn’t just another ‘copy soprano Tarja Trumen’ style vocalist, but instead taking influence from other note worthy classic metal singers. As well as adding her own charm. Honestly for the first few minutes I didn’t even realise it was a female vocalist until I looked at the pictures. Which tells me that male or female it doesn’t matter, Britnney simply delivers a great performances. With all that passion, energy and the holding of high notes it’s nothing short of pure talent. And the additional Epica style growly vocals is pretty cool as well. One expectation that did tick the box was the usual style of lyrics that you find with most power metal bands i.e fantasy and medieval culture, but hey there’s nothing wrong with that at all.
I say that given that this album is coming out around numerous pay days it’s worth checking out. As well as buying a live ticket cause these songs sound like their going to be epic live.

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