|Review: Archer - Culling the Weak|
|Culling the Weak|
Label: Metalville Records
Year released: 2015
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: December 19, 2019
Reviewed by: Mjölnir
for:Culling the Weak
Archer are a band from the good ol' U.S. of America that released their debut Doom$day Profit$ way back in 2006 and took nearly a decade to get anything out again. They go by Archer Nation these days (likely a gambit to get seen better on Google, otherwise I couldn't tell you why they changed their name to something so stupid), but I couldn't tell you if their sound changed with it. What I can tell you is that their sophomore album Culling the Weak is a display of rocking Heavy Metal with a dose of blues mixed in for good measure. Being a single guitar band, they downtune the bass enough to where it may as well be a second guitar, but the interplay between the two is often fairly effective, and the rough, tuneful vocals of Dylan Rosenberg have just enough charisma to generally make up for their lack of depth.
I have to say that I find the band much more compelling when they focus more on the Metal, such as on the title track or the excellent "World of One", while their more bluesy material like the first two tracks is a bit bouncy for my tastes. The performances are solid throughout, and the lead work is pretty tasty at times, but the songs do tend to repeat themselves more than is good for them, and Dylan's singing can start to wear thin by the end. Nothing revolutionary, but it's entertaining while it's on.
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