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Khaos Legions
     

Khaos Legions

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by Arch Enemy
 

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The eighth studio album by Swedish melodic death metal powerhouse Arch Enemy (assuming one doesn't count the re-recordings compilation The Root of All Evil) is superficially as strong as anything else in the band's impressive catalog. Since the day frontwoman Angela Gossow joined, Arch Enemy has been

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The eighth studio album by Swedish melodic death metal powerhouse Arch Enemy (assuming one doesn't count the re-recordings compilation The Root of All Evil) is superficially as strong as anything else in the band's impressive catalog. Since the day frontwoman Angela Gossow joined, Arch Enemy has been one of the most consistent bands in metal, cranking out 11 or 12 fist-pumping, anthemic tracks every couple of years. This album features 11 songs, a silly intro with narration like something from a movie trailer or a video game, and two brief instrumental interludes, one of which treads perilously close to "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," but is just different enough to keep the lawyers at bay. That's not the only bit of almost-plagiarism here; the pre-chorus to "Thorns in My Flesh" bears a disconcerting melodic resemblance to Pet Shop Boys' "It's a Sin." The title and intro section of "Cruelty Without Beauty" seem like loving imitations of South of Heaven-era Slayer, and the same song, in its final two minutes, erupts into a fury of retro-thrashy guitar soloing, with one player doing his best Dave Mustaine as the other pretends he's Kirk Hammett. Meanwhile, "Yesterday Is Dead and Gone" sounds like a combination of three or four previous Arch Enemy songs. Still, Khaos Legions shouldn't be dismissed as the result of creative burnout -- there's plenty of scorching metal here, and fans will be very pleased.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/07/2011
Label:
Century Media
UPC:
0727701876320
catalogNumber:
18763
Rank:
76740

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Performance Credits

Arch Enemy   Primary Artist
Michael Amott   Guitar,Harmony,Lead
Sharlee d'Angelo   Bass
Christopher Amott   Guitar,Noise,Harmony,Chords,Lead
Daniel Erlandsson   Drums
Per Wiberg   Keyboards
Angela Gossow   Vocals
Mikkel Sandager   Background Vocals
Staffan Karlsson   Noise

Technical Credits

Arch Enemy   Producer,Engineer
Michael Amott   Arranger,Composer,Concept
Sharlee d'Angelo   Arranger,Composer
Christopher Amott   Arranger,Composer
Daniel Erlandsson   Arranger,Composer
Mats Johansson   Programming
Angela Gossow   Arranger,Composer,Concept
Rickard Bengtsson   Producer,Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Josh Kline   Booking
Brent Elliott White   Cover Art
Staffan Karlsson   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Isuldurs Bane   Programming
Gustavo Sazies   Logo
Dirk Lehberger   Booking

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Khaos Legions 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What else would you expect from Arch Enemy?