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Arachnes: A New Day

Lombardy’s Progressive Power Metallers conjure up the masses with their first release since 2011 and they deliver a catchy collection of tracks with some deliciously composed intent for Heavy Metal fanatics to enjoy in todays complicated climate.

With pure honesty, this is a great record from the Italians and the band distribute their version of an empowered style of crunchy Progressive Metal that really does hit the spot with no holding back. Ultimately, Arachnes have been going for twenty-six years now and I have no doubt that they are definitely experienced at what they do, therefore there is evidence dwelling inside A New Day that the ambitious elite are not here to mess around and they really mean business.

On A New Day we have thirteen tracks (including a cover song) and one bonus track in total. Throughout this solid release there is plenty of flare and eagerness; this can be witnessed on numbers like the Iron Maiden influenced ‘Magic World’, the epic feel on ‘I Know the Darkness’ and the terrific composition of ‘Into the Fog’. There is just so much to offer here and the vocals from Enzo Caruso are just typically what Heavy Metal fans look for when it comes to Power Metal or Progressive Heavy Metal musicality that ends up being neatly perfect.

From the ballad ‘My Face is Hard’, we experience a very emotional aura and this is escorted brilliantly with a superior expression of devotion, which for me is one of the highlights on this record and it notably works well alongside the other tracks as a neat interlude from the hard hitting disjointed Progressive nature that gives that diversity many sometime look for. Alongside the strength of this, we have another standout output ‘Running in an Old Town’ that is just purely fantastic and the sublime grit on show here is just face meltingly outstanding; the Prog assembly are on magnificent form here and this is remarkably elevating as possibly top of the table stuff from the offshoot.

Even in the brunt of things we are treated with a nice little cover effort of a Deep Purple hit known as the fan-favourite ‘Fireball’. Comprehensively, Enzo’s voice works tremendously with Arachnes’ version of this powerhouse and sometimes you can essentially mistake him during the playtime as even Ian Gillan himself - what a smashing job from the four piece.

All-inclusively, I thoroughly enjoyed A New Day with a respective element of surprise and I felt that the Milan based outfit should have more of a well-known name in the Metal world; maybe this will come one day soon after nearly three decades of performing and creating music in the studio, as I sincerely feel the guys deserve more credit and noticeability if they are releasing material of this quality through the years. For the most, this is definitely one to check out for fans of the likes of Vanden Plas, Iron Maiden, Dream Theater, Symphony X and Secret Sphere.

Track list:

  1. Psychedelic Trip (Intro)
  2. I Know the Darkness
  3. Big Heart
  4. I’m Sorry
  5. Into the Fog
  6. Magic World
  7. My Face is Hard
  8. Running in an Old Town
  9. Take Your Life
  10. Parallel Words
  11. The Reason of the Things
  12. Your Death (Instrumental)
  13. Fireball (Deep Purple Cover)
  14. First of All (Bonus Track)

Added: May 22nd 2021
Reviewer: James Mannion
Related Link: Band Facebook Page
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Language: english

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