Arkdown - The Calling (Album Review)
About the band
Up and comers Arkdown (UK) have been on the Metalcore scene for a few years after debuting their first EP with well received acclaim. With singles “Mirrors” and “Wake up” making the rounds with their brutal riffs, exceptional vocal ranges with legible clarity of lyricism, and some beastly drumming, many eyes are on Arkdown with this release. The singles were good. Real good. So does The Calling live up to the anticipation?
The Calling starts with the single “Wake Up” that rips right through your ears with a nice catchy riff and the double kick blasting though, changing up the riff then giving a nice melodic chorus. It’s a great single/video to welcome listeners to the EP and what Arkdown is all about.
“It Calls Me” has more of a thrash metal feel as the riffs sound completely different in style than the former track. This isn’t detracting as it showcases diversity which is always welcome, as well as the fact it’s a really good song.
“Mirrors” is similar to “Wake Up” in the fashion that it has a Melodic Death Metal sound.
“Five Years” seems like a nice blend of both styles showcased in the EP with a very well done chorus that rounds the track out.
The EP Closes out with “Falling” which is a more cool down track. The song is very well written, but the synth heavy verses weren’t mixed very well or in the same way for some reason. While this is just one of those things a finicky audiophile like myself notices, the rest of the song is pure gold and it doesn’t kill anything Arkdown or this EP has to offer.
The guitars are fast, beefy, catchy, and furious all at once. The drums are very good whether it’s blast beats or something slower and fast changing like “The Falling”. Kyle just RIPS the vocals in every track. Whether it’s a deep growl or a high pitched scream, the guy’s got talent. You walk away from this short serving with a full dose of strait Metal.
Whether you want to call Arkdown Metalcore, Deathcore, Whatevercore, The Calling is just pure Metal from start to finish that any Metal enthusiast would enjoy. The EP showcases how good Arkdown really is and you can hear the 200% effort in every song down to the mixing and mastering. Just about every moment of this album was flawless. No one, not even Arkdown, knows what the future holds, but The Calling is a great indication of how much of a well oiled cohesive unit they are. The energy is a combined one. Arkdown is very good about each member being an equal part in everything they do and after you hear The Calling, you will see that this is a team. All members with the same vision, goal, and hunger. Seeing many bands come and go in my 30+ years of listening to Metal, this is an EP that will hopefully get Arkdown “the deal”. It shows they are ready.
It’s of my opinion that in 5 years they will be even better, even more refined, and where a band like this should be. Not the underdog in a competitive UK scene, but an example for the competition.
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The Calling is available on Spotify and Deezer in audio streaming format. You can order the CD and other merchandise bundles here.