Arch Enemy - Khaos Legions

It says a lot about Arch Enemy’s enduring appeal that mastermind Michael Amott is now more famous for his current band than the original act with which he came to prominence (the seminal Carcass) and in many respects Khaos Legions, the outfit’s eighth album no less, is a perfect summation as to why. There is nothing new here for long time Arch Enemy fans, just another furious dose of melodic death metal executed with a precision now expected. Whilst this may take out a lot of the raw aggression that propelled breakthrough album Wages Of Sin into the greater consciousness, there is a swaggering confidence running through Khaos Legions that is impressive. The extra time taken to write the record is noticeable, especially the reunited relationship between the Amott brothers on guitar; tracks like ‘Through The Eyes Of A Raven’ and the thumping 'Bloodstained Cross’ has them trading fireworks with renewed vigour. But it is the little instrumental tracks that brings Khaos Legions to life as they show off the pair’s versatility and virtuosity, whilst at the same time aiding the flow and feel of the album as a complete piece of work.

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