Review: Arch Enemy – Khaos Legions

Rated:

3.5/5

Veteran Swedish death-metal quintet Arch Enemy—led by fierce frontwoman Angela Gossow and former Carcass guitarist Michael Amott—pack an impressive variety of hooky melodic riffs on their eighth studio album, Khaos Legions. This release finds the band slowing down some of the speed and pulling back on the furious intensity of their last original studio album, 2007′s Rise of the Tyrant, and emphasizing melody more. Standout tracks include “Through the Eyes of a Raven” and “Cruelty Without Beauty,” which demonstrate the band’s trademark mix of dark heaviness and catchy, soaring guitar lines. Many of the tracks feature huge anthemic leads over more down-tempo riffage than the band has previously cranked out. But while the group’s increasingly mid-paced heaviness reduces the number of showy frills and demonstrates a matured sense of melodic chops, it does make songs sound slightly repetitive by the album’s end. Nevertheless, Khaos Legions will please longtime fans and probably find a few new ones for Arch Enemy. DAVID McKENNA

Check out “Yesterday Is Dead and Gone” off Khaos Legions below:


  • Anonymous

    3.5 is pretty bang on IMO.