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UNLEASH THE ARCHERS


UNLEASH THE ARCHERS 

"Time Stands Still"
 
By Theron Moore
 
Gigantic, sprawling power metal, except when the band for some odd reason deviates into a decidedly awkward marriage of black and power metal.  Still don’t understand why they chose to do that as it came across more cartoonish than than “dragonslayer evil” sounding which I’m sure they were shooting for.  It’s hard for me to get behind “Time Stands Still” as much as I’d like to.  The vocals, when not at full screech, are good.  At full screech I’m actually turning the volume down which is never a good thing with a metal record. 

Besides what I’ve mentioned I’ve heard what really good power metal sounds like and “Time Stands Still” isn’t it.  The record is an oddball blend of proggy / power / black metal-lite mishmash.  I find myself comparing it to bands I can’t stand like Dragonforce and Amaranthe and actually finding them more palatable to listen to.  And Unleash the Archers right now are receiving huge hype and I’ve read some positive reviews of this record, I just don’t hear it.  It sounds like the soundtrack to a bad 80’s b-movie like “Yor, Hunter from the Future.”  I’m passing on this, can’t recommend it.