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Armageddon
Captivity and Devourment
Type: CD
Company: Listenable
Release: 2015
Genre: Death
Reviewer: Greg Watson
Published: 12/18/2014
Stylings and sound with a vengeance

Armageddon
Captivity and Devourment

Company: Listenable
Release: 2015
Genre: Death
Reviewer: Greg Watson

  • Stylings and sound with a vengeance



  • After his quiet exit from Arch Enemy, Christopher Amott has brought Armageddon to us metalheads yet again. With their latest release, "Captivity and Devourment", Armageddon return to their death metal stylings and sound with a vengeance. Having only three albums under their belt, two of which never saw the light of day in the States until about two years ago, Armageddon show that their musicianship is on point as the band rip through tracks like "Locked In", "Conquer" and "The Watcher" with a ferocity that would leave an untrained metal head writhing in agony with ears bleeding. Vocalist Matt Hallquist's style is a raspy, death rattle more than the typical guttural growls and belched grunts that typify this genre. However, that's not to say that Hallquist can't deliver those styles of vocals, which he does throughout the album. Rather, he tends to break from the norm a little and almost has a bit of a black metal quality to his vocals. The guitar duo of Amott and Joey Concepcion deliver a dose of twin melodic fury with Amott handling most of the speedy fretwork. They work well in tandem and the melody and aggression they achieve is a match made in heaven. Amott's arpeggiated riffs that filled so many Arch Enemy releases are here as well as some new tricks that he's brought out of the bag. The album has a very modern feel to it with a production that sounds crystal clear and accentuates each instrument and Hallquist's voice to perfect precision. While most death metal albums tend to become repetitive or even stagnate after a few tracks, "Captivity and Devourment" keep things fresh and each song never follows the formula of its predecessor. This constant shift of sound really makes the album stick out and makes it a great multiple listen record as you'll probably catch things you didn't hear the first time. If you're looking for some death metal but don't want the typical offering that is usually out there, give Armageddon a shot, you'll be glad you did.


    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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