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Review: Arcania - Dreams Are Dead
Dreams Are Dead

Label: Great Dane Records
Year released: 2014
Duration: 57:08
Tracks: 10
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: June 28, 2014
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
Dreams Are Dead

Rated 4.29/5 (85.71%) (7 Votes)

I had never heard of France's Progressive/Thrash Metal band Arcania before receiving their second album, Dreams Are Dead for review. Their debut, Sweet Angel Dust, released independently in 2010, totally slipped under my radar.

Dreams Are Dead, contains 10 tracks of virtuoso-level instrumental acrobatics from each band member. Arcania sounds modern and instrumentally, they kick ass big time. There's an enormous amount of talent in the band, which allows them to take a few risks on tricky song structures (the instrumental "Dreams End All Days" proves it perfectly by lasting more than 10 minutes). Vocalist and guitarist Cyril Peglion shows some good vocal range, using his clean vocals as convincingly as his Death-like grunts. Arcania reminds me of the Sweden's melodic Death/Thrash act Darkane, in that they don't always take the easy way when structuring their songs. Arcania keeps their modern, multi-layered Metal constantly challenging for the listeners and themselves and, at the end of the day, are a very innovative and fresh sounding combo.

Dreams Are Dead truly impressed the hell out of me, to the point where I need to find the band's debut album, Sweet Angel Dust. Arcania is one amazing band so, by all means, check 'em out if you find progressive Thrash Metal at all appealing.

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