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Review: Arachnes - A New Day
A New Day

Label: Lion Music
Year released: 2011
Duration: 48:30
Tracks: 12
Genre: Progressive Power Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: April 18, 2021
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Readers Rating
A New Day

Rated 3.42/5 (68.33%) (12 Votes)

Arachnes is a Progressive/Power Metal band out of Italy that formed in 1995 after the Caruso brothers (Frank and Enzo) called it quits on their Hard Rock project, Firehouse (No, not THAT Firehouse).

This release is odd as it is not a new album per se. They originally released the album in 2011 and is now getting a re-release here in 2021. I don't know if anything has changed from that original release as I never heard it. That being said, I will just go with what I have here. This is exactly what you would expect from a Prog/Power band from Italy. I find it to be way more Prog than Power overall. It has every ingredient that you would need for a Progressive Metal album. Better than average vocals, excellent guitar and keyboard work that does an outstanding job of trading off solos between the two and finally the drum work that ties everything together. The production is passable but sounds flat on the heavier songs. The production being passable is a how I feel about the whole album. It's passable. There isn't anything here that will make you stand up and really take notice. There are definitely some moments here and there that stand out while you are listening to the album, but when the album is over, you would be hard pressed to recall them. This is a bit of a problem with this genre in general. It is hard to really stand out. Most bands in this genre have all the ingredients I listed above that are required for a Prog Metal album, so in the end it comes down to how memorable the songs are. Killer guitar and keyboard solos can only take you so far and when the songs feel like they are vehicles to get to that guitar and keyboard solo, the song itself seems to suffer or at the very least, making it difficult to recall the song itself. These guys are undeniably talented musicians, but in this genre you need more than that.

I'll use a cooking metaphor for an explanation. Overall, if you have every ingredient to make an amazing pasta sauce but you use subpar pasta, the meal just won't be as good as it could be. If you are a fan of the genre, by all means, give it a listen. Especially the instrumental track, "Your Death" which is hands down the best track on the album. Who knows, you might get more out of this than I did.

Additional Information

2021 reissue on Music For the Masses Records reviewed.

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