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Arch Enemy - Khaos Legions

Published June 12 2011

=Staff's pick

Khaos Overture (Instrumental)
Yesterday Is Dead And Gone
Bloodstained Cross*
Under Black Flags We March
No Gods, No Masters*
Through The Eyes Of A Raven*
Cruelty Without Beauty
We Are A Godless Entity (Instrumental)
Cult Of Chaos
Thorns In My Flesh
Turn To Dust (Instrumental)
Vengeance Is Mine

Genre Melodic Death Metal
Angela Gossow
Tracks 14
Michael Amott
Runningtime 55 Min.
Christopher Amott
Label Century Media
Sharlee D´Angelo
Release 30 May 2011
Daniel Erlandsson
Country Sweden
Producer Michael Bengtsson
Similar artists Dark Tranquillity, In Flames, Soilwork

To be honest, it feels to me like everything following the masterpiece "Anthems Of Rebellion" has been somewhat of a journey straight downhill. Even so that the last album "Rise Of The Tyrant" was, with a few rare exceptions, straight out boring. Needless to say, my expectations for "Khaos Legions" were not the highest, and at a first glance it did not seem that much better. Taking my job serious though, I pressed "replay" on an album that did not seem all to exciting, and after some time it gave in. This is, after all, a pretty good album.

We open with a pretty cheezy "dark-voice-saying-something-cool" before we head into "Yesterday Is Dead And Gone". It sounds like...Arch Enemy. The following "Bloodstained Cross" qualifies as one of my favourite tracks, and it´s epic pre-chorus and chorus impresses me. This song, as well as the finishing touch "Secrets", also seems to have been inspired at times by the great Richie Blackmore, which of course always is nice. The intro to "No Gods, No Masters" is definitely going to make it a live-favourite, and I can´t help but thinking of "Only For The Weak" by In Flames. Catchy, good, and just enough brutality.

This is not the most fierce, or the best, I´ve heard the band come up with, but it´s at least stable. We have an album with some fantastic parts, and some parts I really can´t give a shit about. "We Are A Godless Entity" is a good example of the fact that if you don´t have a song, but only a riff, then leave it. Don´t put it on an album unless it at least can serve as some kind of intro. However, this album makes feel it´s about time I wipe the dust of the previous ones, and see. Maybe I just did not get them at the time, and maybe I´ll be able to revise my preconceptions regarding them, who knows?

See also review of: Doomsday Machine , Anthems Of Rebellion , Wages Of Sin , Dead Eyes See No Future








6,5 chalices of 10 - Olof

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