Jun 08

Arch Enemy – Khaos Legions (2011)

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Gothenburg Melodic metallers Arch Enemy returned after two years of absence with Khaos Legions, an album that like its name show, is a revolution call against the system and the order already established, without the need to carry a political message, Arch Enemy under the lead of the beautiful but strong Angela Grossow and the guitar riffs of the Amott brothers (Michael & Christopher), present a new chapter in the story of the band, the album itself is strong from beginning to end, without leaving the melodic aspect that is a key characteristic of the band.

The album opened with an intro that is a call to chaos, followed by Yesterday Is Dead And Gone a song that invite us to; “be ready to fight for what we believe to be right” and to “breaking the chain, shaking the cage” words that lay the intentions of the band with this album, continuing with Bloodstained Cross a fast paced song that is a guitar dessert for the ears, follow by Under Black Flags We March an anthem that is a call to the legions to march in this revolution that Arch Enemy is proposing. No Gods, No Masters is a very melodic song within the Gothenburg tradition that calls to the freedom of spirit and  individuality. Through The Eyes Of A Raven is a track with a very classic death metal sound proper of the 90’s that shows the talent of Arch Enemy in the use of such sound.

Cruelty Without Beauty presents a great dual guitar work by Michael and Christopher Amott, Cult Of Chaos is a fast based track that presents the power of Angela’s voice and that in sync with the band’s speed results in an explosion of great death metal right in your face.  The band closes the album with Vengeance Is Mine and Secrets a couple of tracks that sound like death progressive, but turned around and done Arch Enemy style and the result is a bless for the ears. Indeed Khaos Legions is a step forward in the career of the band and their legacy as one of the highest exponents of the melodic death metal scene.

Power Tracks: Yesterday Is Dead And Gone, Under Black Flags We March, No Gods, No Masters, Dia De Los Muertos, Through The Eyes Of A Raven

Slow Tracks: Vengeance Is Mine, Secrets, Bloodstained Cross,

Tracklist:

01. Khaos Overture [Instrumental]
02. Yesterday Is Dead And Gone
03. Bloodstained Cross
04. Under Black Flags We March
05. No Gods, No Masters
06. City Of The Dead
07. Through The Eyes Of A Raven
08. Cruelty Without Beauty
09. We Are A Godless Entity [Instrumental]
10. Cult Of Chaos
11. Thorns In My Flesh
12. Turn To Dust [Instrumental]
13. Vengeance Is Mine
14. Secrets
15. The Zoo
16. Snow Bound [Acoustic version]


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