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Review: Arise - The Reckoning
The Reckoning

Label: Regain Records
Year released: 2009
Duration: 39:01
Tracks: 10
Genre: Death/Thrash

Rating: 3/5

Review online: April 11, 2009
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
The Reckoning

Rated 3.4/5 (68%) (5 Votes)

This is not too bad, but is nothing you have not already heard. Arise are a Swedish band listed as "Death/Thrash", but who really have more to do with Gothenburg than anything else. This is their fourth album, and I guess if they were going to produce a classic they already would have done it. There's nothing wrong with the music here, as it is fairly kinetic and heavy with definite similarities to Dew Scented or Whoracle-period In Flames. The first half of this disc is generally better, as the band seems to run out of ideas around track 5 and just starts recycling them. There is some solid riffing on this album, the vocals are a nicely urgent bellow and some of the lead work is really excellent, but there is nothing that pulls you in and makes you want to listen to it more than a few times. On first spin I thought this was really good, but it paled after repeated spins. The Reckoning is a decent disc of derivative Swedish metal, but it's not going to really kick your ass.

Track Listing:
  1. Adrenaline Rush
  2. No Memory Of Light
  3. Blindead
  4. They Are Coming For You
  5. Pitch Black
  6. The Reckoning
  7. Reclaiming The Soul
  8. The Fury
  9. Dead Silence
  10. End Of Days
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