MetalBite Review by Brian on 10/20/2015
I am extremely cynical when it comes to newer metal bands. Even more so with anything labeled as "old school' or "cult" produced by the newer act. Carbon copy bands playing in the style of classic bands has never interested me. Why would I want to hear a death metal album in the vein of Left Hand Path
or Symphonies of Sickness
when I can listen to those albums? So when I first heard of Horrendous
with the release of Ecdysis
being a "old school" death metal album, my expectations weren't very high. When I actually listened to the album I was blown away.
A year later when I caught wind of their third full-length to be released at the end of this month, my expectations have grown. Anareta
did not disappoint. It sounds like the bastard child of Pestilence
's Consuming Impulse
and mid 90's Swedish melodic death metal. However this is not mimicking that style but rather bring a new fresh twist on it. Their influence can be heard, but it's 100% Horrendous
"The Nihilist" opens Anareta
with a bang. It's smooth melodic intro is the perfect set up for the sledgehammer riff that smashes your skull and by songs end what was once your head is hardly recognizable as being human. What really holds my attention through out the album are the amazing hooks throughout. Melodic death metal is alive and well and Horrendous
is leading the pack.
The guitar work on this album is incredible. Matt Knox and Damian Herring play some of the smoothest melodies and jaw dropping guitar solos you'll hear this year in metal. Listen to ultra progressive guitar work on "Stillborn Gods". They know how to crush you with a nice mid-paced gallop as well check out "Polaris".
has one upped Ecdysis
. Everything is tighter, the vocals are better, the production is immaculate. Horrendous
is a band on the rise. If you haven't taken notice of these guys yet it is about time you start.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10