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Arch Enemy
Khaos Legions
Type: CD
Company: Century Media
Release: 2011
Genre: Thrash
Reviewer: Greg Watson
Published: 8/18/2011
Enlist in the Khaos Legion!
Arch Enemy is back with a vengeance!!! The appropriately titled (for me anyhow) new album, "Khaos Legions" showcases Enemy at their best. From the opening intro "Khaos Overture" to the finishing "Secrets", Arch Enemy rips and tears its way through metal taking no prisoners along the way. This album is probably my favorite since "Anthems of Rebellion". Screamer Angela Gossow has found her "voice", not that she ever lost it mind you. As with each album, she has continued to evolve that growl of hers. On tracks "Yesterday is Dead And Gone", "Bloodstained Cross" and "Through The Eyes of The Raven" her vocal style is clearly different than the guttural, Carcass-esque style as she first brought out. There is a black metal element to her vocals on this album particular with a little clean vocal work mixed in as well. Yes that's right, I said clean vocal work.

The Amott Brothers bring their twin shredding talents to the table in full force on the album also. "Yesterday Is Dead and Gone" features a riff that will be permanently etched in my metal memory for a long time to come. Solos abound on this release as well, allowing the brothers to showcase their different styles varying from sweeping arpeggios to frenetic fingerwork. The rhythm riffs are catchy as hell and once in your head are near impossible to get out. They continue to be a destructive duo that continues to set the bar high.

Daniel Erlandsson(drums), Sharlee D'Angelo(bass) and Per Wiberg(keyboards) bring up the rhythm section and tie the album together in a symphony of destruction. Erlandssons' legs had to have been close to falling off by the time he laid down his drum tracks for this album. The drum work is not too fast though to take away from the rest of the instruments as is the case with so many death/grindcore bands. D'Angelo continues to produce solid bass lines that compliment Erlandsson on the drums and fill in the songs with some balls. Wiberg is a nice addition with some atmospheric and ethereal keyboard work throughout as well.

Rickard Bengtsson is back at the engineering helm. His sound can be heard on Arch Enemy's 2005 release "Doomsday Machine". The sound and production work seamlessly to deliver an uppercut right to your chin. None of the instruments overshadow one another and Gossow's vocals are mixed in to the fray for a maelstrom of metal mania!!

There is no reason any metal fan should not like this release. It has everything a metal head could ask for. Solos, head banging riffs, vocals that will inspire you to do good or evil and an album that you can keep in your rotation for a good while. So my fellow bangers, go out and enlist in the "Khaos Legion"!!!
About this Writer:
Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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