MetalBite Review by JD on 6/4/2018 9:47:06 PM
Canadian metal erupts out once again… showing that we Canucks are not simply easy going people. We know how to take metal in our own ways, and boot you in the ass while doing it. Enter the melodic death metal act: Karkaos.
On the surface, this Quebec based act seem to be just another DM act from eastern Canada, but there is more than meets the eye…uh, ear. With a female vocalist (Viky Boyer) that has great clean vocals and brutal growls, this sets the stage as she is backed up by five very amazing musicians. Think Arch Enemy mixed with Children of Bodom and add in that wonderful voice and you have pure power that smacks of almost a power metal style.
Right off the bat, the intro is one that grabs you in its haunting lilt then slaps you hard as the first song blares into your head. Clean and growl voices mix to great effect as the band itself begins a torrid pace. Songs keep coming relentless and brutal; melodic death metal with slight hints of power metal churns your brain into mush. Tracks like powerful "Tyrant" and melodic maelstrom of "Children of the Void" show a band that will not be ignored any longer- and keep pounding you. Karkaos is pure metal power.
There are spots where the band seems to have a major hiccups, and the songs seem to turn flat and unappealing, losing some of the albums power. Those songs seemed to have been hurried and unfinished – but those spots are few and far between. As a whole this is a very solid album from a band that seems to be building towards bigger things. I would really suggest this album to even non DM fans.
Rating: 8.3 out of 10