Archaic Decapitator (Light of a Different Sun)
Crank this to 8.6 of 11
Genre: Death Metal
Sounds Like: Hypocrisy, Insomnium, Behemoth
The Death metal genre is so hit or miss with us, so when we come across a band that shows promise, we jump all over it. Welcome Connecticut’s five-piece death metal band Archiac Decapitator and their second EP Light of a Different Sun. These guys do not sound like they are from Connecticut, perhaps you would think they hail from Scandinavia or Norway. These five tracks are swift, bruising and technical; death metal fanatics will easily be drawn to this like bees to honey. We can easily see them starting to make waves in this genre and being we are located in the Northeast U.S., it’s great to have some high-end death metal in our neighborhood.
What are the highlights of the album?
First off, the drumming is very impressive throughout the EP, terrific foot peddle work provided by drummer Kevin Talley steals the show. Some of the highlights include track 4 “Cult of Reanimators,” we love the rhythm on this song, it possesses a driving, progressive force with tremendous guitar work. The last cut “Face of Asag” is brutally enjoyable with killer start/stop action. The music on “The Three Poisons” reminds us of classic Helloween, great stuff.
Are there any weak moments you should be concerned with?
Simple answer… No.
How is the production value?
Great, the production is clean and each instrument is played extremely well. With all the death metal chaos, nothing really gets lost in the shuffle, it’s impressive for a self-released EP.
How is the vocal performance?
Typical for a death metal band, yet it’s nor overbearing.
Does the album art reflect the music?
Yes, the artwork is very good. What’s not to like about an apocalyptic scene with walking dead and a death metal band logo.
Does Archaic Decapitator have other albums worth checking out?
Yes, check out last year’s releaseThe Catherine Wheel.
What adult beverage to enjoy while listening to this album?
Since this is some high end death metal, let’s have some class and enjoy a Stella Artois.
What are our final thoughts?
We are highly impressed with this EP. It takes a lot for us to get engrossed in a death metal album. These guys have captured our attention and held it. They are truly talented and hardworking musicians and it shows. They could be creating a necessary scene here on the East Coast.
Kyle Quintin: Vocals
Craig Breitsprecher: Bass, Backing Vocals
Yegor Savonin: Lead/Rhythm guitar