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Review: Arachnes - In Praise of Science
In Praise of Science

Label: Scarlet Records
Year released: 2006
Duration: 53:37
Tracks: 13
Genre: Progressive Power Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: February 11, 2007
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
Readers Rating
In Praise of Science

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (10 Votes)

Damn those Italians. They have an unwavering ability to sprout quality artists like spun gold; Rhapsody, Labyrinth, Vision Divine, Orion Riders; all have produced albums their European compatriots can only salivate over during sleep. And now finally after 10 years and five albums, crawly progsters Arachnes can equally be drooled over too. You'd better warn your pillows.

A huge shift in direction, and a wider production budget, "In Praise of Science" positively oozes class. From the glossy artwork to the superb mastering, the band's fifth full-length album is a hop, skip, and a jump ahead of their rather pedestrian 2003 effort "Primary Fear", with both the performances and the tracks themselves being more organic and unpretentiously lucid. Canning the ubiquitous symphonic overlays and jangly harpsichords for unbridled aggression, more interesting attributes to the band's sound creep throughout the songs with the insect-like slither their name inspires. Rather more reflective than previous efforts, "Knowledge" and "Dark Side of My Mind" are home to some of the band's most memorable melodies, coaxing vocalist Enzo Caruso to punch the mic with his full range, eliciting some excellent control of vibrato. Belting opener "Gothic Description" is as surprising as a snowball in June, and follow up "Just Try and Hit Me" is possibly the most accomplished track the band have penned, sliding from Freedom Call-like candy floss to Shadow Gallery guitar battery in a blink of an eye. This is without a doubt the sound of an extremely confident metal band, who by now ought to have found their true colours amongst the spin-cycle of banality.

Truly a mixed bag of tricks, "In Praise of Science" is a veritable Pick 'n' Mix of power and progressive metal, with a lethal dose of hard rock thrown in to weigh the bag down. Well, you wouldn't want to be under charged would you?

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