Amarna Reign
Storms


2.5
average

Review

by jayfatha USER (32 Reviews)
January 15th, 2012 | 26 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A band with potential plays it way too safe yet again.

Amarna Reign want so bad to be popular. You can see it in just about everything; the constant chugging, the clean choruses, the vocal effects, the occasional use of electronics, even the album art…it’s as if they’re on a mission to be the safest metalcore band ever. Every once in a while you hear a riff or a lead or something to that effect that makes you think “Man, these guys can be doing so much better” but instead they’ve stuck to taking the generic route on their second album, Storms, to make sure they don’t scare any potential buyers away with “progression” or “creativity”.

Little to no improvement at all has been made from their debut album Atonement, other than that they’ve noticeably increased the amount of breakdowns and chugs. More often than not, there’s some kind of chugging going on, which is just one of the things that make this album so dull. The instrumentation as a whole is just disappointing, because the bass might as well be nonexistent, and the drums don’t have a single interesting fill or pattern to be found. The vocals stick to basically the same low growl the whole time, and while there’s nothing particularly wrong with the vocalist’s growls, he only changes it up for maybe one or two screams and some decent clean vocals that are brought down by the monotonous and boring melodies. In addition to the generic guitar parts, this isn’t looking very good. However, this album isn’t totally terrible. The saving grace is that while everything is about as generic as could be, nothing is done explicitly wrong.

The riffs on this album are actually pretty good, but since they all sound basically the same, that can’t be considered much of a strong point. There is nothing here that stands out as bad; in fact nothing stands out at all. Nothing on this album really catches the listener’s attention in any way, be it positive or negative. A decent song played ten times over just makes for one painfully average album. It’s clear that Amarna Reign could be making music worth listening to, but I don’t see that happening. They just don’t want to risk having fans not pleased by a change in their sound. With the potential they have, one has to wonder; will they fulfill it, or will they stick to the same ol’ thing like we’ve been seeing from them and countless other bands? While the former is not impossible, we should make like the music and settle for the safer of the two possibilities.



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jayfatha
January 14th 2012


2882 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Haven't reviewed in a little bit, figured i'd give this a quick little write up. Just came out yesterday I think.

J0ckstrapsFTW
January 14th 2012


3656 Comments


This review sucks shaft amarna regien kicks ass

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ITsHxCTOASTER
January 14th 2012


2494 Comments


Jockstraps shut the fuck up

jayfatha
January 14th 2012


2882 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

@jockstraps Thanks for the constructive criticism, valued member of the sputnik community

Horsehammer
January 15th 2012


550 Comments


However, this album isn’t totally terrible. The saving grace is that while everything is about as generic as could be, nothing is done explicitly wrong.

of course there was a explicit problem, the album was generic. good review btw

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
January 15th 2012


6188 Comments


Amarna Reign at the start of the review shouldn't be italicized, good review though. Pos'd

wacknizzle
January 15th 2012


13602 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

good review, this is soooo over produced like not one note even feels real, i'm still trying to like this but honestly their first album 'atonement' owns this soooo much. I seriously looove that album soooo much, it's one of my all time favorites, it looks like they'll never be that good again

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wacknizzle
January 15th 2012


13602 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

ATONEMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO LISTEN, SOOOOOOOOOOO FUCKKING GOOOD

RobotJesus
January 15th 2012


432 Comments


Good review I wish this wasn't generic as hell hopefully they do better next time

wacknizzle
January 15th 2012


13602 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this obviously sucks since they didn't even care to make a cd or vinyl for it. if an album that comes out is good and i really like it i wanna support the band and have an a really copy of it that sounds good. if make an album thats great than at least do a fuckkin vinyl for it but welll.... i guess this obviously isn't worth it

wacknizzle
January 15th 2012


13602 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

AMARNA REIGN, kicked ass.... before

wacknizzle
January 15th 2012


13602 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

:jayfatha "Yet again amarna reign plays it too safe", 'atonement' was this shit, they had so much potential

ITsHxCTOASTER
January 15th 2012


2494 Comments


shut up

jayfatha
January 15th 2012


2882 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

wacknizzle calm your tits
but thanks for the feedback bro appreciate it

J0ckstrapsFTW
January 15th 2012


3656 Comments


"Little to no improvement at all has been made from their debut album Atonement, other than that they’ve noticeably increased the amount of breakdowns and chugs."

1.armarna reigns last album was great especially for an unknown metalcore band
2.ya they have added more breakdowns but they are executed so well that they're not bad

jayfatha
January 15th 2012


2882 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

1. Them being unknown has nothing to do with the music, which has never been anything special either way.
2. There's only so many ways a chug breakdown can be executed, and on this album they all happen to be boring and generic.

AfterTheBreakdown
January 15th 2012


7166 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i listened to the album yesterday. Pretty average.

jayfatha
January 15th 2012


2882 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This review should totally be featured

Evreaia
January 15th 2012


4047 Comments


Little to no improvement since atonement.. I'm passing on this shit then.. Atonement was crap.

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wacknizzle
January 15th 2012


13602 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It seems they're songwriting skills morphed into just overproducing every part on the album to compensate the lack of creativity. The breakdowns are overused and unconvincing, no real emotion. 'Shrines' is pretty cool track, not much else so far



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