BAND/AUTHOR:

ARCHANGE

(FRANCE)

TITLE:
EMPIRE (2020)
LABEL:
DOOWEET
GENRE:
MELODIC METAL

"By offering a melodic progressive metal of the highest order, Archangel makes a very successful musical mutation!"
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4/5
Coming from France, Archangel was born in 2013 and released an EP and a first album, "Flashback", in 2017. At that time the band played a melodic Hard Rock close to Ratt or Scorpions. It had met a nice success with a lot of concerts with Satan Jokers or Laura Cox. He's back with a new opus but has undergone some changes with the arrival in his ranks of a new bassist, Arnaud Court, and also a new singer with Wince Wrath. 

With this team, Archangel chose a new musical path with a more metallic tone tinged with progressive. The cover of "Empire" sets the tone with a modernised logo and an illustration far from the clichés of the 80s. On ten tracks, Archangel offers a more complex music but keeps the melody at the heart of its purpose by avoiding technical overkill.

As on the first album, the band highlights its singer. In a style close to Geoff Tate, Wince Wraths illuminates the album with his talent, combining power and melodic strength with the same groove as the American singer. The result is several high-quality tracks close to Queensrÿche époque "Empire" or "Rage For Order". 'Smile', 'Schizophrenic', 'Empire' and 'Under Treatment' work wonders. Both technical and melodic, riffs and solos are particularly successful and the choruses well neats.

Moreover, Archangel varies the tone intelligently, which avoids repetition and shows another interesting face. 'Over Night' delivers a good rock and alternative groove and 'From The Dead' has the same approach and mixes the influences intelligently, reminiscent of what Tate could have done as a soloist with a nice aerial solo as a bonus. Also noteworthy is the successful cover of Seal's 'Crazy': the track goes well in a progressive metal genre and on vocals, Wince does an excellent job. Finally, we'll highlight 'Back In Time', an excellent power ballad with superb calm passages, a well built chorus and again excellent guitar moments.

With 'Empire', Archange embarks on a second career with ardour and determination. The melting is perfect and one can only advise too much to the fans of classic and melodic progressive metal to throw an attentive ear on this record.

More informations on https://www.facebook.com/archangeofficiel/



SIMILAR BANDS:
QUEENSRŸCHE, GEOFF TATE, VANDEN PLAS, QUEENSRŸCHE (GEOFF TATE) , DREAM THEATER, SHADOW GALLERY

TRACK LISTING:
01. Smile
02. Schizophrenic
03. OverNight
04. From the Dead
05. Empire
06. Absolution
07. Crazy
08. UnderTreatment
09. Back in Time
10. Autopsy


LINEUP:
Arnaud Court: Basse
David Amore: Batterie / Choeurs
Laurent Rabatel: Guitares / Choeurs
Paco Francisco Peiro: Guitares
Wince Wraths: Chant


TAGS:
Melancholic, Technical, Deep voice
 
 
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