Arma Gathas
Dead To This World


3.5
great

Review

by Magnus Altkula STAFF
May 10th, 2010 | 12 replies | 3,124 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Arma Gathas present us a damn solid debut record which sounds like a well-done mix between Divine Heresy and Meshuggah

Divine Heresy’s last endeavour Bringer of Plagues was a true flop of an album. Run-of-the-mill vocal performance, extreme repetition, overdone drumming, overly lengthy songs – all of that was represented on Bringer of Plagues. Now, you might be asking yourself: "Why is this dude talking about Divine Heresy in an Arma Gathas review?". The answer – Dead To This World is an album that sounds like a well-done mix between Divine Heresy and Meshuggah, and is pretty much what Bringer of Plagues should’ve been (and other albums in the same vein should be).

Arma Gathas are a brand new modern metal act hailing from Germany. Their style is a common mix between metal and metalcore, leaning towards one or the other depending on the track. They take the chugging guitar work of acts like Meshuggah, couple it with a chaotic theme, and to wrap it up, add shouted hardcore vocals to complete their sound. What makes these guys stand out amongst their peers though is how they’ve reduced the mechanical feel of the music, yet have the apocalyptic theme pumping on all cylinders. The riffs sound surprisingly natural and even have a slight thrash tinge to them at times, while vocalist Che Snelting manages to sound inspired and robust, delivering a profound vocal performance.

There is one potential setback to the album though: the brand of metal Arma Gathas play is already somewhat repetitive in its core, so listeners who do not appreciate a good chugfest should stay away. The band do try to mix it up by adding solos and semi-atmospheric interludes here and there, while also making good use of subtle industrial undertones, but the chugging is domineering nevertheless. Much like Meshuggah, Arma Gathas are enjoyable in small doses, but become a bit tiring when listened to back-to-back too much.

Dead To This World is a solid slab of modern metal from Arma Gathas. Sure, the band members are hardly new to the music scene, but it’s never easy to craft a coherent debut album. When put up against similar acts like Divine Heresy and Arkaea, Arma Gathas are superior in every way - more varied, more structured and most importantly, more interesting. In the end though, Dead To This World is just a good metal album, and that’s all there is to it.



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SCREAM!
May 10th 2010



9977 Comments


Nice review. Might look into this
And yeah, sounds like you should def look into Nvll

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Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
May 10th 2010



8318 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks bro and I shall do so

Nagrarok
May 10th 2010



8169 Comments


Up to your usual standards Styles, pos'd. I just wish you'd review more I'd actually listen to because I would have the oppurtunity to actually discuss the music.

Ponton
Emeritus
May 10th 2010



5784 Comments


Yeah, i agree with nag, though I sometimes enjoy or check out what he reviews.

Good and consise man

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
May 10th 2010



16263 Comments


This sounds really interesting. Diving Heresy is fairly good although I haven't heard much from Meshuggah so it should be interesting. Good review, pos, etc.

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Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
May 10th 2010



8318 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks guys

Crysis - this is a lot more interesting than Divine Heresy imo, but take into account that Divine Heresy is a lot more furious-sounding. Still, if you like them then I think you should find this enjoyable.

bloozclooz
May 10th 2010



1770 Comments


only song i liked by divine heresy was failed creation

greg84
Staff Reviewer
May 10th 2010



7317 Comments


Great review, Styles. I may check these guys out some time soon.

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Blindsided
May 10th 2010



1871 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Was my review NOT GOOD ENOUGH?
Jk good review man.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
May 11th 2010



8318 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Was my review NOT GOOD ENOUGH?
now now Joseph, you know I liked your review. I just had this halfway written and yesterday I suddenly found inspiration to finish it.

Blindsided
May 22nd 2010



1871 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I inspired someone? Preposterous!

TalonsOfFire
June 1st 2014



5357 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Fun album

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