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Arion: Vultures Die Alone

Three years since the release of their well-received sophomore record Life is Not Beautiful, Finland's Symphonic Power Metal rangers Arion arise from the ashes with their third ambitiously forward album Vultures Die Alone; escorting a modern touch into the mixture whilst trying to keep the Traditional Power Metal stamp alive in the meantime.

Predominantly, I feel that Arion as a whole unit does create some solid lines for trackwork here, however as a Power Metal outing I think this widely misses the mark and it aimlessly wanders too far from the desired product that leads it to venture into a different zone that for me becomes a little bit too generically structured and a tad on the plain side; evidently witnessed on tracks like the samey-stylised safe musical links of 'Break My Chains' and the mediocre pathways on 'I'm Here for You', that for me can be both placed on a Bullet For My Valentine album rather than on one of this particular genre in question.

But on the other hand, there are some real stormers on offer here that are laying amongst the masses, like the insanely intense titanic Thrash monster 'I Love to be Your Enemy' that has a dribbling flood of a Destruction vibe written all over it, the superbly constructed walls of the heated passages of 'Bloodline' that contains the fantastic vocal talents of Battle Beast's Noora Louhimo, and additionally the alluring quality of the video single for the band's contemporary effort relentlessly expressed as the modernised Melodic Metal anthemic hypnotiser 'In the Name of Love'; featuring the euphonious angelic vocals of Finnish vocalist Susanna Alexandra and this is distributed with a bombastic punch to keep a degree of interest.

On this occasion, Arion keep things very tasteful indeed on Vultures Die Alone and they do convincingly conjure up an interesting bundle of songs in the ultimate essence of things, nonetheless I still feel the boisterous Finns are definitely way more capable of so much more and as a strong elite for me they could do a lot more musically on paper, considering the talent they have lodged in their majestic and triumphant midst that consistently dwells within their solidified five-piece unit.

Moreover, if they tried just that tad bit harder to be increasingly adventurous and take more risks, they could easily push the boundaries even further and achieve even more success. Overall, I am totally sure and damn right convinced that Arion will find a way to climb their way right up the ladder in just a short space of time - in fact I have no doubt about that at all and there will doing incredibly well in the near future.

Track list:
  1. Out of My Life
  2. Break My Chains
  3. Bloodline
  4. I’m Here to Save You
  5. In the Name of Love
  6. A Vulture Dies Alone
  7. I Love to be Your Enemy
  8. Where the Ocean Greets the Sky
  9. I Don’t Fear You
  10. Until Eternity Ends

Added: April 29th 2021
Reviewer: James Mannion
Related Link: Band Facebook Page
Hits: 304
Language: english

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