Sunday, August 13, 2017

Arthemis: Blood-Fury-Damnation (2017)

I have never been quite sure what to think of certain modern power metal.  Just something about it does not really sit right with me.  I love the grandiose, epic power metal: stuff like Blind Guardian, earlier Sonata Arctica, Tad Morose, and groups like that.  But a lot of the more modern stuff sounds like a cross between American power metal and nu-metal.  I think it is the chunky rhythm and bass riffs that sound like they could have appeared on Soulfy's debut album.  Unfortunately, this album by Arthemis falls very much into that modern sound and this release kind of suffers because of it.  I say kind, because there are definitely good moments as well.

Italian power metal band Arthemis has been around for a long time, but this is the first release I have yet heard from them.  As implied, this definitely has a modern feel to it, particularly with regard to the frequent keyboard effects.  There is a lot of melody through the lead guitar and frequent soloing, but the music is principally driven by galloping rhythm guitar and bass riffs.  Singer Fabio D. (no, I'm not making that up) has a good voice, though it pales next to other power metal vocalists.  It is more of mid-range style with the ability to soar higher or sneer when necessary.

There are some damn catchy songs here, including the speedy "Blistering Eyes" and insanely infectious "Into the Arena".  The band has the ability to craft memorable hooks and choruses.  There is of course a much softer and slower ballad here, which is pretty common for modern power metal.  It does serve to make following track "Warcry" sound that much faster.  The tribal-esque drumming in "Firetribe" is another highlight.

Certainly there is nothing really wrong with this album.  It is fine and all of the musicians are clearly talented, it just happens to be a style that does not really appeal all that much to me.  To me, it is an interesting enough album when I am listening to it, but it is not likely one that I will specifically turn on all that often.


  1. I found that album a bit soft for Ghost. One band you guys should check out is Death. Their song Symbolic is kick ass.

  2. Ghost and Arthemis are not at all similar. Two completely different styles. As for Death, thank you for the recommendation. I am very familiar with the band and they have been discussed here several times. Symbolic is my personal favorite album of theirs.