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Statius - Arcane Fables

A hope for modern metal - 92%

PowerDaso, July 15th, 2010

In the 2000's, the metal industry has changed a lot. Back in the 90's metal was beginning to expand and many genres were just coming up, beginning with it's bases. The 2000's have been horrible for metal, with the creation of all mallcore genres and their mainstreaming. Statius is a 2000's metal band and thankfully they can't be placed in that category. This guys are a true light shining in the path of modern metal, making me hopeful of what may come next.

"Arcane Fables" is a great demonstration of how modern metal should be. In here, you can notice strong influences coming from diverse genres and keeping the essence of what metal is. I must say that there is an evident influence of the early Children of Bodom right here, mentioning that there are the amazing keyboard solos, epic progressions and, of course, the extreme vocals. The mix that the band does between death metal and power metal is great. The riffs, coming from death metal, give the sound hostileness, while the power metal influenced keyboards help at highlighting the riffs, creating great harmonies. There is an outstanding talent in the solo players, especially on Sean. His solos are comparable to those of Jens Johansson and Janne Wirman, considering how recognized both of them are, as well as the patches he uses fit in perfectly for solo playing. Ronny knows how to make the harsh vocals properly without getting them become mallcore-esque. At times he variates his singing and gets more into high pitched screams that are not out of place, actually. There are also complex rhythms on the drums, so it keeps more progressive, unpredictable, and interesting. Since the production is not really the best in existence (although it's pretty good), the bass is not something I can describe properly, with the exception of the intro to "Forest Kin", the first verses in "Deep Into That Darkness" and several fills along the album

The composition managing is done very properly according to the genre. There are several scale changes during the songs, mostly during the solos, that are common in melodic death metal. The usage of minor and harmonic minor scales is common, as well, since they add heaviness to the sound. This scales also help the choir (produced by the keyboard, of course) add some chaos into the overall sound. Diminished melodies are also recognizable but not really depictable, as well as chromaticism that is mostly used in the solos.

Finally, if you are looking for something in modern metal that is not mallcore oriented or anything similar, but much more like metal in the early 90's this is exactly what you want.
Highlights: All of them, it's just seven songs...