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Review: Arwen - The Soul's Sentence
The Soul's Sentence

Label: Rock-CD Records
Year released: 2018
Duration: 51:52
Tracks: 11
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 2/5

Review online: June 5, 2019
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
The Soul's Sentence

Rated 4/5 (80%) (5 Votes)

Arwen made a tiny bit of a splash back in 2002 with their debut Memories of a Dream—back when the new wave of Euro-Power Metal was really hitting and all kinds of bands were popping up everywhere, especially in Italy. Problem is, Arwen were Spanish, and with the notable exception of Dark Moor, Spanish Power Metal sucks.

Since this is their first album in fourteen years, I was curious to see if any of the band's identity remained at all. I mean, Memories was just barely a cut above the standard back in the day, and the music scene has changed a lot since then. Would this be worth hearing?

Well, it's not terrible, but it doesn't really have any kind of identity. Arwen lock onto a sound that is pretty much the definition of "generic" and they stay on it. You get some rockier cuts, some darker cuts, and a solid production job. What you don't get are any songs that stick in your mind. The playing is good, the recording is good, but the songwriting just has no shape to it. Arwen probably should not have bothered.

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