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Review: Archmages - Demo 2001
Demo 2001

Label: Independent
Year released: 2001
Duration: 08:50
Tracks: 2
Genre: Gothic Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: March 26, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Demo 2001

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

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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