Indoctrination is the latest release on Nightmare Records from US metal band Halcyon Way, and a strong follow-up to 2010's Building Towers. The group once again take their mix of power metal, progressive metal, modern metal, and death metal to new heights, as Indoctrination is an enjoyable platter of kick ass music from start to finish.
You'll be hard pressed not to get hooked in immediately from the opening riffs of "On Black Wings, as the band utilize clean & growling vocals to deliver memorable passages that go along with the heavy yet occasionally challenging musical arrangements. "Our Finest Hour" is a more straightforward metal thumper, thanks to some crushing power riffs, while the soaring title track throws some Middle Eastern elements into what is otherwise an impressive collision of prog & power metal, with some Amorphis styled growls thrown in to combat the excellent melodic vocals. You can almost hear some Bay Area thrash influences as well as early Fates Warning on the raging "Revolution is Now", and "The Wages of War" is dynamic progressive metal with well thought out arrangements and stellar vocals. The band goes for a more modern metal edge on "Stand Up" (Steel Dragon cover), a slower, more grinding song, featuring crushing riffs littered with screaming pinch harmonics, and vocalist Steve Braun does a fabulous job on the radio edit of "The Age of Betrayal", a powerful tune with thrash & progressive metal leanings, that also features some incredible guitar work. The industrial remix of "The System" is the lone throwaway on here, and really doesn't fit with what is otherwise an exceptional album of metal from Halcyon Way.
There you have it, solid album, solid band. Indoctrination is absolutely worth checking out if you like melodic heavy metal with a progressive edge that also dabbles in a bit of thrash and death metal.
1.) On Black Wings
2.) Our Finest Hour
4.) Revolution Is Now
5.) The Wages of War
6.) Stand Up (Steel Dragon cover)
7.) The Age of Betrayal
8.) The System (Karbon Black RMX)