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Arch Enemy - Khaos Legions

Richard Cartey
Richard Cartey 27 May at 09.00
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It's business as usual for these female-fronted melodi-thrash Swedes...

Business as usual for Arch Enemy, ever the bastions of melodic thrash-tainted heaviness. Eighth full-length ‘Khaos Legions’, four years removed from the band’s previous studio effort, provides all of Amott and co’s traditional metallic builds, swelling emotive leads and sweeping harmonised movements. While the fare might be largely the same, tracks of diverse tempos give appreciated variation both to track character and album flow – ‘Under Black Flags We March’ a high-mark example of slowed cadence. While the 15-year-old group may not have explicitly improved their game, ‘Khaos Legions’ provides a mass of suitably heroic melo-metal anthems. The hardcores will be pleased.

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