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Review: Archemoron - Year of the Harvester
Year of the Harvester

Label: Bowel of Noise
Year released: 2018
Duration: 1:21:03
Tracks: 10
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: October 20, 2018
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Year of the Harvester

Rated 2.5/5 (50%) (2 Votes)

This third album from Greek band Archemoron is a massive, double-CD effort that clocks in at over 80 minutes of metal. There's rarely a good reason for double-disc albums, and there's not really a reason for this one either. There's not any one song that begs to be cut, but there was no reason to make this album so long when the songs are so similar to one another anyway.

I was expecting this to be in that vein of melodic Greek black metal like Varathron or Rotting Christ, but instead this is very, very influenced by late-period Immortal. The guitar sound is similar, the riff-style is similar, and even the vocals of bassist Aristomenes are a solid imitation of Abbath's distinctive croak. There are some moments when they stray from the formula and riff off more melodic passages, but the baseline Immortal influence is predominant.

It's a pretty good Immortal imitation, but I don't think it's good enough to warrant two discs of it. This is decent, but it lacks any real originality, or anything to make it stand out from the crowd. It's well produced and well played, but it does not really make any kind of statement, or do anything that has not already been done. Polished, but with almost no identity.

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