|Review: Arkadia - Aspirations & Reality|
|Aspirations & Reality|
Label: Inverse Records
Year released: 2016
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Review online: September 1, 2016
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
for:Aspirations & Reality
Finland's Metal scene is getting stronger, day by day, month by month, and year by year. I mean, it's getting a teeny-weeny stronger than many other Metal scenes in some other countries in this world, at least when comparing Metal bands per capita. Obama spoke out some words of wisdom right there.
Arkadia's second album, titled Aspirations & Reality, could be thrown under the melodic Death Metal category, but with some progressive elements just to spice things up a bit more. However, what underlines these fellows' sound is that they sound shamelessly Finnish on their nine-song follow-up album, having bits and pieces in their melancholy driven and catchy sound that reminds me of bands like Sentenced, Cryhavoc and Charon, in a very familiar way – almost too familiar I should add. Arkadia's own true advantage is that their pencil for some nice and hooky melody sections is sharp, and they haven't hesitated to use it effectively when penning them for this opus. Vocalist Antti-Jussi Valkama uses his throaty growls in very masculine way, sounding a bit raw and rough-edged as a singer but still being lucky enough to get his vocal parts fitted in well for the band's highly melodic and, at times, nicely rocking sound.
Aspirations & Reality is, to say the least, a promising second album from this young Finnish bunch. If they just can maintain this level of songwriting, I am sure people will hear a lot of more from Arkadia in the future.
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