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Well after reviewing a lot of albums this year I have landed on my favorite 10.

10. UNLEASH THE ARCHERS – Abyss

Absolutely riveting.

9. SOILWORK – The Whisp Of The Atlantic

Soilwork said they wanted to do something completely different to what they had done before and they certainly did.

8. ME AND THAT MAN – New Man, New Songs, Same Shit Vol 1

An album that I can listen to over and over again.

7. SEETHER – Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum

Seether bounced back to their best with one of the most underrated albums of 2020.

6. VARIOUS ARTISTS – Murders In The Rue Morgue Vol 1

In their short history Rue Morgue Records have made a name for discovering some of Australia’s finest talent and this just brought it all together on one CD.

5. BON JOVI – 2020

As a year 2020 left a bitter taste in our mouth but nobody captured the mood of the world quite like Bon Jovi on their 2020 album.

4. ELEPHANT GUN – Now To Survive

Great to hear these guys back and now they deliver one of the albums of the year.

3. AC/DC – Power Up

AC/DC proved they still have it with a brilliant album of what they do best – catchy hard rock.

2. MARILYN MANSON – We Are Chaos

Stunningly brilliant album… if you haven’t heard it yet go out and grab yourself a copy right now.

1. AMARANTHE – Manifest

This band has just been getting better and better over the past few years and now they have reached the pinnacle with this amazing album.

 

Album: Unleash The Archers

Date Of Release: 21st August 2020

Label: Napalm Records

 

Track Listing:

1. Waking Dream

2. Abyss

3. Through Stars

4. Legacy

5. Return To Me

6. Soulbound

7. Faster Than Light

8. The Wind That Shapes The Land

9. Carry The Flame (feat Andrew Kingsley on vocals)

10. afterlife (feat. orchestration by Francesco Ferrini)

 

Review:

Imagination! It is probably something so many of us needs in 2020 as we try to escape a reality that for many of us has been something a lot harsher than we would ever have expected. That imagination is also something that fuels the creativity behind Unleash The Archers brand new album Abyss.

Once again the album sees the listener carried to the world of the Matriarch and the Immortal, the world that we were first introduced to on the band’s previous album – Apex. This time around the Immortal returns and the journey goes into space… once again revealing the amazing story-telling ability that the band has, led by Brittney Slayes original concept.

What makes that story come to life even more is the magnificent musicianship which comes to the fore on Abyss. There is a new found maturity to Unleash The Archers on this album. With that maturity seems to come the courage to be a little bit more experimental with their sound this time around. The result is an album where you never really know what you are going to get from track to track.

A preview of that is there on the opening track – “Waking Dream” – which opens with a gentle folk metal vibe that is then blown away by the amazing vocals of Slayes. From there the album meanders its way through the story touching on a number of genres as it does.

The faster pace of “Abyss” reaches an epic level that remains for most of the album while the band also gives a fair few nods to the bands that have inspired them over the years as well. “Through Stars” has a definite old school metal feel to it while the very theatrical “Carry The Flame” is a direct nods to bands like Scorpions.

What leaves you marvelling with Abyss though is the band’s way they marry the newfound metal sound with the old school. “Return To Me” sees Unleash The Archers deliver gruffer vocals that at times turn guttural. The track is sheer modern day brutality but also seems to capture that old school sound made famous by bands like Iron Maiden.

This really does feel like an album where everything comes together for Unleash The Archers. The work of guitarists Andrew Kingsley and Grant Truesdall on this album is nothing short of amazing. Their work on tracks like “Legacy,” “Soulbound” and “Faster Than Light” places them amongst some of the best guitarists in the world, while the band is brought together by the amazing vocals of Slayes which seem even stronger than ever.

Perhaps Abyss as an album is best summed up by its final track – “afterlife.” Like the album itself it is brutal at times and then drifts into a smooth folk metal sound that closes out the album and the story at hand. It is power metal perfection, just like the album it is on.

Abyss is a stunning album that I cannot wait to see brought to the stage. Stunning musicianship and a concept that really draws you in finds Unleash The Archers releasing their best album to date.

 

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