well,its hard to believe this is angelas fourth album as vocalist,doesnt time fly,who can forget the first time we heard her on the album 'wages of sin',it took some convincing for me to believe that the singer was a woman,well we are all over that now and she is now a member like any other.
The last arch enemy album 'doomsday machine' was killer and filler all thrown together,some really dull and numb tracks along with some belters but it just wasnt arch enemy,i am pleased to now say that 'rise of the tyrant' is the return to form i craved,they have delivered.
Now before we get carried away,this isnt an out and out masterpiece,worthy of five stars and praise flying all over the shop,its a very accomplished album,that knows what it wants and gives it all to get it.
The first thing i noticed when opening track whips in,is that angelas vocals are less studio effected,this is a more real sounding scream,more raw,but maybe even better for it.
The album is played at a fast pace and seldon lets up,the songs are as you would expect,full of melodic death metal riffing and fierce drumming although maybe not a s much double kick drumming as before.
The albums best tracks include 'blood on your hands',' i will live again','the day you died''the great darkness' which uses choir like chants,cracking,and album closer 'vultures' which is somewht epic and very effective.
Tracks like 'night falls fast' and intermezzo liberte' (instrumental) dont do the album any real favours but largely this is a fine kettle of songs,better!