Review ARRIVAL OF AUTUMN ‘Kingdom Unknown’

It will take a little while until autumn arrives. But the waiting time will be shortened by the new album of Arrival Of Autumn. The Canadian band, based in Grande Prairie, Alberta is releasing their third album ‘Kingdom Undone’ and what the guys unleash is a massive riff assault.

The band covers the overlap of modern thrash metal and metalcore and they do it quite skillfully. The riffs of the guys bite into the mind of the listener like a bear attack, which already begins, significantly, with the opener called ‘Scars’. Without any warm-up phase the four-piece starts right away and slams massive riffs into the mind of the listener. The aggressive vocals contribute significantly to the energy of the band. At the same time, clean vocals provide a melodic component and it is the solo parts that express a certain filigree.

Already released as a single is the smashing ‘Ghosts’ where the band skillfully combines the brutal sound attacks with a relatively melodic chorus. Even if the recipe is not new, the guys from Alberta approach the task with expertise and finesse.

What Arrival Of Autumn do cleverly is that they don’t push the gas pedal entirely. Of course, aggression and speed are in the foreground, yet the guys manage to unfold a vehemence even in the mid-tempo segment, which demands everything from the listener. This also becomes clear with the hard-hitting ‘One More Day’.

No compromises are made on ‘Liminal’. As if stung by a tarantula, the guys pummel their way through this musical fever dream, followed by the melodic beginning of ‘Burn’. The song develops after a short time to another core-driven blast and also the following ‘Who the Masters Serve’ hits the same mark.

Slower, but with the same vigor as the heard, ‘Bury Me’ comes around the corner. The song has an amazing groove and shows the musical range of the band. And with ‘Hallowed’ it is an almost atmospheric tune, which finishes off the record.

It remains to be said that Arrival Of Autumn has succeeded in creating another good record. The guys know how to deliver high quality songs with brutality and precision. This album is not an untamed noise attack, but offers a variety that you can not automatically expect from this genre.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Scars
  2. Your Fiction
  3. Trust
  4. Ghosts
  5. Hell Comes Home
  6. One More Day
  7. Liminal
  8. Burn
  9. Who The Masters Serve
  10. Bury Me
  11. Hallowed

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Modern Thrash Metal / Metalcore

Release Date EU: may 26th, 2023

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