|Review: Archmages - Demo 2001|
Year released: 2001
Genre: Gothic Metal
Review online: March 26, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Archmages hail from Estonia and this 2-song demo is their first recording. The band plays melodic metal that borders on hard rock, with a little aggressive edge on the guitars, especially on the first song "Unavoidable Way". The vocals remind me more of rock/hard rock vocals, and I was quite surprised by the vocal performance, the singer has a very melodic voice and he seems to be quite in control too - although the two songs on this demo do not cover the many ranges that a metal vocalist may have to use on a full album, but from what I hear, it shouldn't be a problem. "Unavoidable Way" is a rocker, pretty catchy song with some female vocals thrown in (or is that the singer doing those? - not sure.) The second song, "Getting Free" is a power ballad, and again here the vocalist does a great job. It starts in a very slow and melancholic mood and gets heavier later (while retaining the melancholic feel), never going past a mid-paced beat. Both songs are very good and should please a wide range of tastes - from rock to melodic metal. It'll be interesting to see what the band comes up with in the future.
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