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Arch Enemy - ‘The Root Of All Evil’

Ken McGrath
Ken McGrath 1 October 2009 at 15.00

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The melodic guitar parts sound like 80s cartoon theme tunes, which are rarely as good as you remember...

Taking a selection of pre-Angela Gossow songs and adding her on vocals to re-recorded versions may seem like a good idea but it’s absolute dross. Arch Enemy might have run out of ideas and these, generally poor songs anyway, are not in any way helped by Gossow’s voice. The melodic guitar parts sound like 80s cartoon theme tunes, which are rarely as good as you remember, and that’s the thread running through this. Arch Enemy became a powerful, interesting band but the cheddary Silverwing and the sub-Down groove of Bury Me An Angel don’t fit with that. A bad choice.

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