Arcadia has been around for 20 years since forming in Italy. Originally, they started out as a Metal cover band before recording their demo and debut EP back in 1998 and ’99. And so far, they have released four albums going back from 2001 to 2010 whilst being an opening band and going to the States for supporting bands like: Testament, Trivium, and Obituary to name a few.
It wasn’t until they were the warm-up band at the Sonisphere festival in Milano, which I could tell they got the crowd going for Iron Maiden and Megadeth. This year, they have released their fifth album on the Beyond Productions label entitled, Adhorrible and Deathlicious. For me, I’m new to the band’s music.
And listening to their new album is a strong dosage of driven Metalcore, Industrial Rock, thumping roaring melodies, clean and screaming vocals, roaring guitar riffs and a keg of Extreme Metal. And those ingredients, have taken me by surprise. It’s a combination between Rage Against the Machine having a nice juicy Steak with The Dillinger Escape Plan, Slayer, Pantera, and Kollwitz.
Arcadia has nailed it very well to capture the heavier, touching boundaries between the vocal arrangements that almost have melodic, industrial and softer sides to it. There are 10 compositions that they have written on here. It’s the balls-to-the-wall momentum from the throttling industrial guitar lines that are both hard and calm before the rhythm changes into chaotic momentum.
The drums, which I’ve mentioned before in previous bands that have a rapid machine gun fire, this one goes all the way of the rapid reigning bullets to go at the right moment followed by the electronic background to give it that industrial vibration with an unexpected twist.
Adhorrible & Deathlicious is Arcadia’s intriguing fifth momentum. Even though I’m not a huge fan of Industrial Metal, I have to say that Arcadia have sparkled the flaming fire at the right moment.
So if you love harsh/clean vocals, intense guitar lines, melodic/intense metal with the twists and turns of the electronic vocalizations, then this will be exploring into of the world of Arcadia.