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Arkadia: Unrelenting

Hard hitting Finnish quartet Arkadia weave a mix of influences from the old school of the NWOBHM via the 80's Goth style to the current crop of Scandinavian Death Metal bands and find middle ground somewhere in the contemporary melodic metal scene. A band that have been around for a decade or so without really gaining any recognition outside of their homeland with the sheer number of bands around the release of Unrelenting is unlikely to change that state of affairs despite it being a decent and varied effort. It is also actually their debut full length release with only EP's and demos being available until now.

Energetic riffing and a huge drum sound unleash 'Before the Dawn' and the melodic and clean vocals of Antti-Jussi Valkama make a strong first impression. Some folk-tinged touches can be discerned throughout, notably on the quirky instrumental track 'The Decisions of Yesterday (Will Haunt Us Down)' and the brutal title cut that closes the album with some growls and plenty of OTT screaming and Arkadia are certainly not a band that are afraid to take chances and try to do something just a little bit different.

Track List:-
1. Before the Dawn
2. Final Disposal
3. Frozen Globe
4. May
5. The Decisions of Yesterday (Will Haunt Us Down)
6. Everything Said and Done
7. Nothing Lasts Forever
8. A Drop for the Past
9. Unrelenting

Added: December 12th 2014
Reviewer: Dean Pedley
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 1847
Language: english

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