Decent band with some potential,
This review is from: The Escape Key (MP3 Download)
I just want to start off by saying I'm not really a hardcore metal fan. My favorite sub-genre is Metalcore. Not exactly a trendy word to be using in the underground scene but it's what I like. I have a soft spot for bands like Trivium, Children of Bodum, The Agonist and In Flames.
I've recently been getting back into metal by checking out some hot new bands like Asking Alexandria, Motionless in White, The Defiled, While She Sleeps etc. Arcite's "The Escape Key" just happened to be reviewed in the summer issue of Metal Hammer Magazine so I decided to checkout their songs online.
The instrumental opening of the title track 'The Escape Key' caught my attention, & I decided to impulse buy the album straight away.
My general impression is that while the riffs, drumming, pacing, rhythm are all very interesting and varied, the vocals seem to be the weak link, though by no means bad. The screams & growls are pretty much standard for a Metalcore band, however, it lacks a certain brutality to it. Clean vocals are quite good although the singer sometimes follows the trend of the whiny style. Many of the songs have a melancholic feeling to them, which I think it a unique trait of sorts for the band.
The overall music is very good, a solid B+, but I feel Arcite have yet to find themselves vocally.