Arcane Roots
Blood & Chemistry


4.5
superb

Review

by codhead USER (2 Reviews)
May 7th, 2013 | 26 replies | 3,008 views


Release Date: 05/06/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Your God Is Not Enough.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Enter three men- Andrew Groves (Vocals, Guitar), Adam Burton (Bass) and Daryl Atkins (Drums) who have quite likely produced one of the most refreshing albums you will hear this year. Songs delve between screeching vocals, dissonant guitar lines and odd meters, infusing technical proficiency with catchy, melodic hooks. Then the trio combine this by throwing you into an abyss of lush guitar sections and warming vocals. The sheer complexity of such songs, such as the song 'Slow', demonstrate just how much effort these boys must have gone to to create such intricate but fascinating music.

Anyways, the music. The opening track 'Energy Is Never Lost, Just Redirected' shows the exact direction that the album is going in. Starting with heavy reverberated vocals and guitar, the five minute opener showcases Arcane Root's great musicianship, as after this peaceful section, the band hurls you straight forward into a fabulously orchestrated riff, showing that even the most complex riffs can be catchy. The use of changing dynamics and meters allows each song to follow a journey, with Andrew Groves' soft vocals compensating the quiet, and his screams really bringing out the loud. Groves' versatile vocals allow the music to take all sorts of forms, and although he does sound (at times) slightly American, this doesn't take away from the authenticity of the album. Even though the influences are there (The Mars Volta anyone?) the band still feel British, primarily shown by softer songs such as 'Belief', showing a delicacy and allowing breaks in the album.

As a whole, the album works very well. There is a fine balance between the all-out-thrashing and the softer, more padded items, allowing the album as a whole to feel both energetic and peaceful. For example, probably the most aggressive song on the album, with the ironic name of 'Second Breath', is a screaming chaotic joyride. However, this is then followed by 'Held Like Kites', a calm, gentle ballad-like song that features not one distorted guitar, but a combination of acoustic guitar, soft drums, warm vocals and calm harmonies. This features nicely before going into the last song, an eight minute mammoth with a three minute outro in which Groves' speaks the words 'Love, you're better for me', allowing the narrative of the album to come to an end on a definite high note.

For me, I have personally fallen in love with this album. Each song follows its own journey, with not one song falling under four minutes. It's almost like a completed jigsaw- lots of separate parts that have been put together to create something of beauty, although it does take a while to get there. But boy is it rewarding; the songs blend perfectly, the screams REALLY scream, and the album plays out beautifully. Kudos to Andrew Groves, Adam Burton and Daryl Atkins for showing how three minds together can create some of the coolest music you’ll hear this year.


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OverSlyZed
May 7th 2013



125 Comments


Not math, but good

mitch91
May 7th 2013



409 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not from Hull, but good.

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johnnydeking29
May 7th 2013



9014 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Will check this

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bodiesinflight57
May 7th 2013



869 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

They're from Kingston upon THAMES not Kingston upon HULL.

NightProwler
May 7th 2013



6337 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well-written review. Can't wait to hear this album, their debut EP (if that's what Left Fire is) was excellent!

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codhead
May 7th 2013



6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah shit sorry guys, totally got some wrong information on that.

Btw this is my first review, so go easy ;)

mitch91
May 8th 2013



409 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Absolutely LOVE the Reuben influence on tracks like Hell & High Water. Brilliant album, and it hasn't even fully sunken in yet.

oubli
May 11th 2013



67 Comments


Nice first review, pos.

johnnydeking29
May 11th 2013



9014 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Picked this up at HMV today, digging it so far

johnnydeking29
May 11th 2013



9014 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well...this sureasfuck rules face
Hell and High Water and Held Like Kites are meh
Everything else is WOW
Tryptich...holy fuck

johnnydeking29
May 13th 2013



9014 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bump coz riffz

johnnydeking29
May 13th 2013



9014 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Is probs going to make my 2013 top 10

Artuma
May 13th 2013



12212 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

digging this right now and it seems pretty interesting

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johnnydeking29
May 13th 2013



9014 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh yes it is, needs more attention

Artuma
May 13th 2013



12212 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

definitely

balazs
May 13th 2013



481 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hmm, I heard the preview, this sounds interesting

sherlockbones
May 17th 2013



2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Triptych is one of the best songs I've heard by them. They really opened up the protein shake on that one

Artuma
May 17th 2013



12212 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Triptych is really good but the true gem of this is the closer

codhead
May 18th 2013



6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I agree that closer is quite something. However, my most played is actually sacred shapes, love that song too much.

Almost two weeks on and its still as amazing as it ever was!

Artuma
May 18th 2013



12212 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah, Sacred Shapes is one of the best here agreed



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