I’ve gotten a lot of shit from the AMG staff ever since I reviewed Unleash the Archers‘ 2015 release, Time Stands Still1. Though I had plenty of complaints about that record, I couldn’t put it down. And they all knew it. After the album released, I listened to it for the rest of the year… and the rest of 2016… and even to this day. I will be the first to admit I find the band’s songwriting a tad absurd and packed to the brim with nacho cheese. But, that never kept me from enjoying their music. And now the time has come for me to endure more punishment at the hands of the crew. But, this time, the staff will have to accept that I’m right. These Archers aren’t only back, they’re back with their best effort to date. No Mad Max videos, no silly lyrics, no subpar concepts, no compression, no shit. You, my friend, have reached the Apex.

Opener “Awakening” builds around acrobatic, Dragonforce-like guitar work, a sleek power-metal groove, and a gigantic chorus that hints at dark times ahead. But, this is one of many chapters to come. Immortal awakens from his 1000 year sleep, beckoned by a voice and a dreadful task. Promised freedom from his captivity and from his immortality, Immortal must set out to capture the sons of the Matriarch; a controlling entity that strikes fear in all living things. Once returned, the Matriarch will take the lives of her spawn, retaining her own in the process. Once attained, Immortal will be set free; never to endure pain again. Or will he? Settle in, kiddos, and let the “Shadow Guide” direct you to the nightmare that awaits.

After the simple, yet hooking, “Shadow Guide,” we slam headfirst into the grooviest number on the album. But, unlike past Archers tracks, this one does not support its cheery riffage with silly vocals and an over-the-top video. Instead, this one introduces us to the conniving bitch that is “The Matriarch.” Considering the song’s violent content, the pace is one that will throw many fans for a loop. When Immortal finally arrives at her feet, the Matriarch’s blood-thirsty story becomes clear via “Cleanse the Bloodlines.” A quest that must be accepted, a success that must be obtained.

Not only is “Cleanse the Bloodlines” a big part of the story, but it’s the biggest song on the album. Maybe the biggest song the band has ever written. Opening with an epicness fulfilled by sweeping guitar leads and pounding drums, Slayes arrives, dragging the tension to its peak. Once there, the song explodes into a chorus of emotion and despair. The backing growls portray the Matriarch’s ruthlessness, while thundering riffage and kit-work become coated with a big chorus of oooo’s and aaaaah’s. Using a similar choral technique, “The Coward’s Way” sees Immortal hunt down the tyrannous first son before he takes down the “False Walls” that protect the second. Walls he smashes with beautiful vocals, beefy chugs, rich drumming, and ballad-like emotion. It’s these latter-est elements that make this ditty one of the most powerful on the disc.

Protected by ten thousand soldiers, Immortal shows his true colors; laying to waste everyone protecting the third son. With a vibe (and song title) like Iced Earth‘s “Ten Thousand Strong,” “Ten Thousand Against One” proves to be the most hooking and neck-breaking of them all. “Neck-breaking?” On an Archers release? Trust me. Give the thing a spin and you’ll be praying to see this one the next time these Canadians hit town. As we head into the emotion-soaked licks of “Earth and Ashes,” we discover there’s another side to Immortal. A guilty one as he connects with the final son. Sporting a bass-led introduction and clean vocals from guitarist Andrew Kingsley Saunders, you feel the pain in Immortal’s heart as he returns the son to his evil mother.

And so the quest comes to an end. The Matriarch has what she wants, the world trembles more than ever, and Immortal returns to his earthly prison. A promise broken, Immortal’s life is the only one that remains intact. As he returns to his resting place in “Call Me Immortal,” regaining his strength over another millennium in “Apex,” the spell over me has finally broken and I become aware of a couple things. First, the songwriting and album organization fits the story like a fucking glove and, second, this record sounds fanfuckingtastic (all thanks to none other than Jacob Hansen… what?!). With dynamics like this, every riff, every drum pattern, and every vocal arrangement come straight to the front. It’s all in the title; one that might well show up in Count Grier‘s top ten. Unleash the Archers have blown all their past work away and achieved their apex.2

Rating: 4.0/5.0
DR: 9 | Format Reviewed: 128 kbps mp3
Label: Napalm Records
Websites: unleashthearchers.com | facebook.com/UnleashTheArchers
Releases Worldwide: June 2nd, 2017

Show 2 footnotes

  1. Chill out, Ass Nullifier! – Steel
  2. That self promotion probably shouldn’t have been paired with this larger than life fanboy explosion. – Steel
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  • foreverAlfon

    A 4.0 by Dr A.N. Grier is like a 6.0 by any other reviewer. Will check it out.

    • Kryopsis

      A 4.0 by Mr. Dan Grier is like Happy Muzaka Guy giving 5.0 to an Ale Wizzard album.

      Wait, I think my memories of AMG-dot-com milestones are getting mixed up…

      • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

        There should be an Ale Wizzard for real.

        • Kryopsis

          Well, if anyone is looking to start a microbrewery business on the side, that name suggestion is free of charge.

        • Eli Valcik

          I’m still waiting on NecroGoat, the greatest bandname blend of death and doom ever.

          • Nukenado

            I’m personally waiting for Lohikäärme, the ultimate Nightwishcore Euro-power symphonic gothic folk pop metal band.

            Also, props to DragonForce for coming up with the ultimate cheese metal band name.

          • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

            The ultimate cheese metal band name would be Gorgonzola! Half mythological monster, all cheese.

          • Antti Satukangas

            Or Ultra Gouda Riesens! Blackened Athmospheric Symphonic Technical Industrial Electronic Progressive Folk Power Brutal Dream Groove Pop Metal band.

          • DrChocolate

            Nah, I think I own a NecroGoat album. Their debut, if I recall correctly. ..wait, what?! There is no NecroGoat? …well,I’ll be damned. I feel like I would own a NecroGoat album at least.

          • Eli Valcik

            Right? I would too.

          • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

            There is no NecroGoat because it is implied that goats are already necro…

          • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

            There’s a NecroGoat! Check the Metal Archives!

          • Nukenado

            Bah, they’re black metal.
            Gorgonzola is borderline Weird Al song name material.

        • Planex

          I’m still waiting for the slamming doom riffs of My Dying Fetus

          • Reese Burns

            I’ve never actually laughed out loud at a comment like I just did reading that.

          • Grymm

            Is it wrong that I’m dying to hear that bastardized crossover?

            Because I’m dying to hear that bastardized crossover.

          • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

            Bastardized Crossover would be an awesome name if the guys in Hellbastard ever decide to start a D.R.I. tribute band.

          • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

            Took me a while to get it…

    • [not a Dr]

      Yeah. Not being King Diamond costs 2 points on the Dr’s scale.

  • metalcasket

    Superb review for a superb album. I was on board the ‘UTA have all the right ingredients but are missing something’ train prior to Apex, but it’s gonna be extremely hard to top this album off as far as power metal in 2017 goes. This thing is something else.

    • V1k1ng

      Totally agree. Apex has them firing on all cylinders. Fantastic album.

  • Hammered-Heathen

    This album is so amazing.

  • Norpal Nordickson

    I absolutely loved the hell out of Time Stands Still, but Apex hasn’t quite gripped me in the same way. It’s still really good and I have a feeling it might be a grower for me.

  • Ironwood_Druid

    I love me some nacho cheese.

  • Verdelet

    I’ve been excited about this since I heard Cleanse The Bloodlines. Fucking brilliant song.

  • What the Hell is going on around here??!

    • Dr. A.N. Grier

      Everyone be quiet. Steel is here.

      • Hammersmith

        You keep still because you think that maybe his visual acuity is based on movement like T-Rex – he’ll lose you if you don’t move. But no, not Steel. You stare at him, and he just stares right back. And that’s when the attack comes. Not from the front, but from the side *Whoosh*

        • welyyt

          As Nietzsche said: “And if you gaze long into Steel, Steel also gazes into you”.

          • Ferrous Beuller

            Believe me, “gaze” is the last thing Steel puts “into” you… ugh.

          • welyyt

            I don’t get it.

          • Dr. A.N. Grier

            You don’t want to. Don’t ask!!!!!

      • We’re going to send you away on a nice, relaxing, all expenses paid sabbatical.

        • Dr. A.N. Grier

          Sweet! I’ll take two.

          • Yes you will, actually. Maybe even three.

          • Dr. Scorpion

            Say hi to Happy metal guy.

      • Kalsten

        Everyone freeze! His vision is based on movement!

      • [not a Dr]

        He knows when you are sleeping.
        He knows when you’re on the can.
        He’ll hunt you down and blast your ass from here to Pakistan.
        You’d better not breathe, You’d better not move.
        You’re better off dead, I’m telling you, dude.
        Steely D is gunning you down!

        • I like this.

        • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

          I like how you rhymed “can” with “blast your ass from here to Pakistan”. Awesome.

          • [not a Dr]

            That’s from a Futurama episode. I only adapted the Robot Santa song to our favorite Gorilla Viking.

    • Monsterth Goatom

      It’s the rage, the cosmic rage…

      • Nag Dammit

        Thou shalt not review power / cheese metal positively unless you are Steel Druhm. Isn’t that an AMG commandment?

  • Loving this record man! I got the Gold Vinyl.. freaking beautiful.

    • Dr. A.N. Grier

      Sweet! I keep forgetting to order mine. Should do that right now…

  • Jason

    THIS is the kind of power metal I can get into.

    • Hammersmith

      Same. I’m not huge on power metal, but have been really digging this.

  • Nate Sweet

    Is that 4.0 for the music or for the story? I honestly can’t tell based on the review.

    • Dr. A.N. Grier

      Definitely both. I just wanted to highlight the story. I thought it was a fun one.

      • rumour_control

        The penultimate paragraph is definitely 4.0.

        • Dr. A.N. Grier

          Glad you approve :)

          • rumour_control

            Indeed. Top drawer writing throughout.

  • Ernesto Aimar

    “Cleanse the Bloodlines”…Bathory doing power metal….AWESOME song

  • Morgoth

    After Rhapsody of Fire’s apparent demise (with Fabio gone, and Voli not convincing me), I need all the fine cheese I can get.

  • Pacal

    Being a fan since 2013 or so I didn’t love Time Stands Still, but this record is incredible! I love it when album art, production, performance, and songwriting all come together to make something special. The DR score also helps me trust my ears more…I thought the production was surprisingly fantastic when spinning the vinyl a few days before official release.

  • Mollusc

    Rousing nacho shit. I mean macho. I think. Is it unkind to say riffs are a bit sub-Symphony X? Still haven’t rinsed the image of Sir Russell of Allen in that Adrenaline Mob video out of my eyes. Vocals are pretty impressive on this though.

    • Dr. A.N. Grier

      It’s only unfair if you mention Adrenaline Mob. Or even think it.

      • Mollusc

        SORRY!!! *Insert suitably abashed emoticon here.

        • Dr. A.N. Grier

          But, in all seriousness, they do have wild, whirling guitar work.

          • Mollusc

            Yeah, I was being facetious, there’s some good stuff generally, it’ll be getting a few listens here.

  • Kryopsis

    See, you’re one of my favourite contributors to this site and I trust your judgement… but I honestly questioned your sanity for a moment when you gave a 4.0 to an Unleash the Archers record. Having listened to the embedded track, I’m actually genuinely surprised. As much as I like Power Metal, this year’s releases disappointed me, being the aural equivalents of cheese pizzas. While I don’t think I’d recommend this particular Unleashed the Archers album to the lactose-intolerant, I would definitely keep this dairy excess for my own enjoyment. Well done, Doctor. Well done!

    • Dr. A.N. Grier

      Well, thank you very much for the kind words! I might have lost my sanity, but this one just hit me from the start. I honestly can’t shake it. I know it’s not for everyone, but it has a lot going for it. And, in comparison to the band’s other material, this one blows it away. Thanks again!

      • Kryopsis

        The Unleash the Archers album actually seems heavier and more grounded than their previous works and a lot of Power Metal in general. While cheese is an essential part of Power Metal, it’s hard not to question a band’s artistic integrity when there is nothing but cheese. I’ll definitely check out the rest of the Apex album. Thanks again for the recommendation.

        • Dr. A.N. Grier

          No problem. I have to admit it’s way less cheese than their previous stuff. It should (from that point of view) be more enjoyable for you. And it’s a more “serious” fun. If that makes sense.

          • Kryopsis

            I’ve listened to the album several times via Google Music while at work and I gotta say, the amount of Iron Maiden worship on the last track is phenomenal! Definitely not a purchase I’ll regret.

    • GardensTale

      If you missed the new Cellador album, I recommend going back for that one. That’s some tight modern power metal.

      • HeavyMetalHamster

        I thought the Seven Kingdoms album was good too.
        I think UTA and them could do a bill together easily.

        • Kryopsis

          Initially ‘Decennium’ was impossible to find for streaming or for purchase in Canada so I quickly gave up searching. Looks like the album got re-released by Napalm Records no less, making Seven Kingdoms and Unleash The Archers label-mates. Thanks for the reminder, incidentally.

          • HeavyMetalHamster

            Yeah the review was out ages before the album. I had to search high and low to find it too.

  • Strong candidate for our year end list. And I’m talking about the “other” one…

    • Dr. A.N. Grier

      Wait, there are two?!

      • Unfortunately.

        • Alex Herbers


        • Alex Herbers

          Whoops. Accidentally posted wrong. First comment.

          As in this record belongs on the worst sounding of 2017? Or a different list?

    • Lone Biker of the Apocalypse

      Hi Alex – I have LOVED your articles over at Metal-Fi, and it has made a big difference in how I listen in regards to dynamic range. I have a question about the ranges, though, that I cannot seem to find anything specifically on. Is there a capped numerical limit on how high a DR score can go? I think a “16” is the highest one I’ve seen here or at Metal-Fi.

      Because of this site as well as Metal-fi, I just got the 2CD version of last year’s Witherscape album. It comes with a “full dynamic range mix” CD, so before I put on the headphones and lose myself in audio bliss, I was just curious what a DR score for a “full dynamic range” mix would actually be.

      Thanks a bunch!

      • Thanks LB for reading us! Really appreciate the support.

        Are you asking for a theoretical limit or a practical one? Theoretically speaking, you can have DR scores above 20, but practically I wouldn’t recommend it. Like with everything else in this world, you can have too much of a good thing.

        To answer your second question and to helpfully give you another tool in your arsenal to figure out DR scores:


        I can not speak highly enough about Dan “The Man” Swano. He should be certified as a Swedish natural treasure.

        • Lone Biker of the Apocalypse

          That’s awesome – thank you Alex! I appreciate both the theoretical and practical limits…just learning about the technical terms recently, I was just curious if there was a capped limit or not.

          And I am lovin’ the link to the Witherscape CD – will be interesting to listen to it tonight!

  • Heldarc

    Hearing just a few songs from UTA before, I kept them in a box labeled ,,extra suggary melodeath” and ignored them, however based on this review I gave it a try and I am pleasantly surprised.
    Thanks for breaking my prejudice! Even though you will be propably sacrificed on Steel´s altar of Jorn.

    • Dr. A.N. Grier

      Glad I could knock some sense into you!

      And, yeah, Steel does seem pretty upset with me… Good thing he’s just a kind, lovable gorilla.

      • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

        …with a Viking helmet.

  • HeavyMetalHamster

    2.0 for Suffocation and a 4.0 for UTA ? !
    Somebody been playing “keys on the table” with their meds over there?

  • Aidan Riess

    I’m an avid but fairly recent reader of this awesome blog. But one question, who is and what happened to Happy Metal Guy?

    • Dr. A.N. Grier

      Oh, the stories…

    • He had a serious blog mishap.

      • Aidan Riess

        As in giving White Wizzard a 5.0? Lol

        • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

          Oh, the real mishap came after that!


    Around 4:24 of the embedded video, the Game of Thrones theme starts playing

  • Bortman Begins

    I may be a fan of cheese, but there’s nothing Gouda about this…

  • HeavyMetalHamster

    Yeah this shit is really good.
    Great production and songwriting.
    And she’s got an awesome set of pipes.

  • h_f_m

    Whoa… I had somehow never heard of these guys. Then I went back and looked at Tonight We Ride.. holy.. wow.. wow..

  • Could care less about the concept/Games of Thrones costume worship. What won me over was the excellent guitar work, tight songwriting and strong vocals. A complete surprise.

    Thanks for the great review, Dr. A, will be giving the full disc a spin!

    • Dr. A.N. Grier

      No problem, sir!

  • Kevin Zecchel

    Legitimately one of the best power metal albums I’ve heard (and I’ve heard a lot).

  • Matt slatz

    I think the good Dr. Is saving his 4.5 review for an indefensible position piece on Abigail II !……..good luck with that

    • Dr. A.N. Grier


  • DrChocolate

    You wanna know why I value the AMG reviewers and community so highly? A band that to some is of questionable/debatable taste is reviewed on the site; and a positive review at that. Said band with questionable credibility is fronted by a woman. There is not a single comment in 70+ that brings up her looks or makes a sexist/degrading remark. Yeah, it’s a pseudo-pat-yourselves-on-the-back observation, but it doesn’t make it any less true.

    With that out of the way…I was skeptical about this, at best, while reading the review, but it was persuasive enough to get me to click on the video. I remained skeptical until about the 5:05 mark. Then the emotional crescendo hit, where the singer hits those ridiculous notes while maintaining the emotion and the band just doubles down on the intensity, and I realized I was actually sold on it 3 minutes prior. Off to go excitedly investigate this much further.

    • herrschobel

      i agree very much on that first paragraph…now *pat pat pat…;-)

      plus – me being a hater of all things Power Metal – i actually like this

    • Art Vandelay

      The 5:05 mark, wow. I was enjoying it up to that point but that just sold me. Never thought I would enjoy power metal this much.

      • DrChocolate

        Yeah, I’m shocked with how much I dig this album, mostly because I’ve never been impressed by UtA to this point. This has been on repeat all day and my order has been placed. I think UtA probably owes Dr. A.N. Grier a small cut of the royalties…

        • Dr. A.N. Grier


    • ssorg

      Yeah… makes you realize how low the bar is set, but I agree — few places have a better comments section than AMG.
      As for the band, it’s better if you don’t watch the video IMO, but that goes for 3/4 of all music videos (esp. Napalm).

      • DrChocolate

        Word, on all your points. In particular the part about Napalm videos – seems like 95% of them are the height of visual limburger; on the flip, credit to them for keeping the medium alive. Nothing’s worse than a lyric video or the abandoned, dimly lit, moistened warehouse trope.

        • ssorg

          Fair enough and point conceded — videos are a dying art deserving of thoughtful treatment. I suppose I’m a bit of a philistine because some of my favorite videos are Abbath cavorting like a buffoon on top of a snowy mountain. I’m struggling to think of some of my other favorites, but I think Gojira usually put in a decent effort. The Oozing Wound video for “Diver” is pretty good too. And Netherlands for “In Cyan” has a weirdo charm to it. Any nominations for very good Death Metal videos?

    • Nag Dammit

      Yeah, but she is fit though…

    • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

      We’re here for the Metal!

    • Dagoth_RAC

      I think the band need to take some credit for this, too. At least based on this video, the singer’s gender is fairly inconsequential.
      Not that other site’s would not be rife with misogyny, anyway! AMG is always a step ahead in maturity and intelligence.

      But she seems to treat herself, and be treated in return, as a serious and equal member of the band. That’s important. They are clearly a female-fronted band, but it is not being used as a gimmick or a selling point unto itself. It is a difficult tightrope to walk and this band seems to be doing a stellar job of it.

  • Artander

    I was expecting uber cheesiness and here I am, hitting repeat for the third time, spellbound by the sound of this band, the stellar vocals, powerfully emotional and beautifully musical -not just whiny and annoying. A true surprise.

  • Grymm

    I was gonna play the video, give it a listen, and joke about the amount of cheese on display… and now I can’t stop listening to this song. This is like a toothier Blind Guardian, and that’s never a bad thing.

    This is great… except for the production at times.

    • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

      Hmm… what do you mean toothier?

      • Grymm

        Sorry, probably a bad adjective. I meant this is like prime Blind Guardian, but with more bite or “oomph”, if that makes a bit more sense.

        • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

          Well, now I understand what you meant, but I don’t think this has more bite or oomph than Blind Guardian. So, now that I understand, I disagree!

        • ssorg

          Also, if you want more oomph to your Blind Guardian, you can always go back in time to the more thrashy albums…. and visit your forefathers in… VALHALLAAA!!!

  • HeavyMetalHamster

    Ten Thousand Against One will be massive live

    • GardensTale

      Your comment about the meds made me think you disagreed with the review. Guess I was mistaken? Maybe it’s because I don’t know the ‘keys on the table’ saying (might be a bit -too- colloquial for me…)

      • HeavyMetalHamster

        Keys on the table.
        It’s a game swingers play….put your keys on the table…whoever’s keys you grab at the end of the night is who you go home with.

        • GardensTale

          T I L
          Although now that you explained it, it does sound vaguely familiar. I’m sure I just saw something about it on tv a few years ago and it’s not a repressed childhood memory overhearing my parents or something silly like that.

          • HeavyMetalHamster

            I disagreed with what I knew of UTA and what I knew of Suffocation….but I have to say hearing both new albums I have to agree with the review score.
            And I hope i didn’t reawaken any traumatic childhood memories……but you may want to take a DNA test juuuust in case….

          • Kryopsis

            AMG-dot-com: come for the album reviews, stay for the soap opera dramatic revelations!

          • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

            Luke… I am your Father!

  • GardensTale

    I like this. I like this a lot. And I hadn’t expected most of the comments to rally about female fronted power metal! Guess when it’s just that good, it’s just that good.

    In a way this reminds me of a Finnish band called Kiuas that were active some 10-odd years ago. Everything after their first album was dragged down by mediocre songwriting but their debut fucking nailed it and also featured this really mighty, hard-hitting power metal style. Now this is a bit more Blind Guardian-ish and Kiuas went more towards a folk-and-occasional-blastbeat-infused Iced Earth but it just makes me wonder why there aren’t more power metal bands focusing on that powerful pummeling style instead of the endless noodling.

  • gdffgdfgd

    A DR9 Power Metal album? On Napalm Records?
    How did that happen?
    I’m glad it did though, because it really does sound fantastic.
    The track itself is pretty amazing too, never thought much of this band but I’ll have to pick up that album.

  • AnnieK13

    Silly video but I have listened to this album through like 4 times now and really like it. I have a feeling this will get many more plays this year.

  • Anarchist

    I’m so so so happy this album is great. I really liked Time Stands Still, but could only listen to a few songs in small portions, because I could never get over the weaker dynamics on the guitars and the song writing that really wasn’t the best. Glad to see they’ve upped their game. Super excited to listen to the full album.

  • Send some of that Kool-Aid to me! This sounds great!!! I love the perfect balance of near perfect female power metal vocals with just the right blend of screamy death vocals! I think that by referring to anything on this record as “Dragonforce-like” is a huge disservice to this band.

    I am already predicting this will be on my best of year end list!

    • Nag Dammit

      Yeah, agree. There’s more Maiden here than Dragonforce to mine ears but no complaints. Absolutely loving this album.

  • Dr. Wvrm

    I hate that I like this. DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Dr. A.N. Grier

      I win!!!!

  • Okay, this isn’t terrible. Happy now??!

    • Dr. A.N. Grier

      You bet your ass I am.

  • Patrick W. Dunne

    A 4.0? Dang, the hype for this album is real! So far, I am liking it, but Demons of the Astrowaste is still their best, imo.

  • madhare

    Holy shit… you’re right. Based on the embedded track this isn’t bad. And the video is actually pretty great too. And the bird is cute. (That’s not a euphemism. Does that make me weird? Yes.)

    I think this could have been a 4.5 actually. It seems waaay better than Kobra and the Lotus which got 3.5. Yes sure, it’s in a genre that’s not known for its strive for originality but at least the embedded track shows that it does it’s genre quite well.

  • Bryan Stroup

    It’s 2017. Why are 128kbps MP3s even legal anymore, let alone used as review material? I know it’s the standard M.O. of your average millennial to listen to music through their iPhone with their Apple earbuds or AirPods of dubious quality or even the phone’s speaker itself, but still…

    • Dr. A.N. Grier

      That’s what we get from labels. Not my vote. Just the way it is.

      • Bryan Stroup

        Oh, I’m sure that’s how it is. I just find it ridiculous that this is still being done is all. I can’t understand the logic of not putting your best foot foward, or at least somewhat close to it when promoting something. It’s not like it’s a storage or streaming issue anymore, and they can’t be that terrified about piracy, so what other reasons would there be? Unless of course they don’t actually want reviewers being able to hear good versions of albums.

        • Dr. A.N. Grier

          Yeah, I don’t get it at all. Not a good first impression.

        • Kronos

          I got promo that was 48kbps once. I’m sure that was a mistake but it was absolutely unlistenable.

  • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

    Why do I like Unleash The Archers? Because I finally got the answer to the question “What if 3 Inches Of Blood was fronted by a woman?”

    • Dr. A.N. Grier


  • Noobhammer

    God bless the lords of cheese! My metal diet needs to be at least 80% grandiose cheese. If you don’t like this, than it’s nacho lucky day!

  • jetblindracos

    Reviewer,I will bow to your wisdom.

  • Dudeguy Jones

    Holy crap that was actually really fucking good!
    I completely expected this to be a stinker. The name is great, but also super corny. Its ‘power metal’, which is completely out of my wheelhouse. The band looks like a caricature, but that was fuckin great. Just some superb metal, visceral and fun.

  • HeavyMetalHamster

    Yep….this sucker went from “meh” to ipod dominance faster than it takes Jon Oliva to eat a bucket of KFC.
    Big fan.

  • Panagiotis Krokidas

    Gee. This is… disgustingly cheesy.

  • Nahuel Benvenuto

    it makes no sense to tag something as “cheesy” or talk about it like is a bad thing, i never understoo why the “true macho metal” people say that about power metal or any genre that they dont like

    • Dr. A.N. Grier

      It was meant to be a joke.

  • Serjien

    Wow, this is my personal “find” of the year. Thanks Dr. for bringing this to my attention!

    • Dr. A.N. Grier

      Glad I could help out.

  • FutureBeyondSatan

    Good is good. The review matches the album!

  • Joel Plamondon

    impressed with this release, well done guys

  • beurbs

    This vocalist is slaying every other power metal singer.

    • Nag Dammit

      She’s pretty immense

  • TheCurlyMetalhead

    I hate Power but Im getting this… damn you… you glorious bastards!

  • Mark Wagner

    This is my favorite kind of power metal, big, loud, epic, and no keyboards.

  • Pavel

    Oh, no, not another „these are the new saviours of metal” type of review….

  • Started checking it out yesterday, it hasn’t stopped spinning since. What a piece, seeming as if it doesn’t take itself super seriously, and yet the level of skill and craftsmanship is top notch. Great review, what an eye opener.

  • Will Charnley

    Win for dynamics <3

  • The Unicorn

    This album is goddamn great! Awesome review, agree 4.0!

  • Brandon Vega

    One of my new favorite bands, even more so female bands.

  • Mikell Czermendy

    Yeeeeeeeessss this thing rules. Tons of great riffs and drum fills. Vocals are killer. So addictive. Ten Thousand Against One is like the most badass song ever.

  • Adam

    Apex is the best power metal song i’ve heard in years, that chorus is fucking immense

  • Antti Satukangas

    (Music you might have missed 2016) Hangar – Stronger than ever


  • Juan Tapia Cortés

    Another mad max video would not be bad.