Stigmata (Century Media 1453-A 14th St. #324 Santa Monica, CA 90404)
By: Jeb Branin
Mike Amott's return to death metal is complete. On this, the sophomore effort from ARCH ENEMY, Amott proves his chops are as powerful, and blood drenched, as ever. His CARNAGE / CARCASS heritage serves him well as he dishes out, in tandem with his little brother Chris, riff after riff and solo after solo of classic metal guitar heroics. Yep... classic metal...with a kick. ARCH ENEMY prove that death metal need be nothing more than traditional metal taken to an extreme. If you like penetrant music chockful of headbanging glory, look no further. Remember finger frying lead solos? They're here, wrapped around the brutality and complexity of larynx shredding progressive death. This is one for the jaded and the neophytes alike.
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