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Arkhe — Origen
(Bandcamp no#, 2019, DL)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2020-01-04

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Arkhe is the international duo of Canadian guitarist Fraser MacNeil and Chilean vocalist Jimmy P. Torres. Origen is their first release, an EP of six tunes for a total of 24 minutes. The title track kicks things off in a very promising mode with almost two minutes of accomplished and jazzy Spanish guitar solo. However the next three tracks, "Stranger in This Land,” "Fight,” and "Dry Bones,” take us into 70s hard rock / metal prog for fans of Van Halen. Tons of guitar and vocal shredding. Then we get a break with “Fire from the Sky,” a relatively subdued song with piano and acoustic guitar that segues into the final track, “Dreamer.” “Dreamer” starts out with Spanish guitar again, but then blasts off into aggressive shredding. Not sure why Arkhe sent this EP to us for review as only the title track fits in with what we typically review. The rest is perfect for the headbanger crowd. Cannot really recommend Origen.


Filed under: New releases, 2019 releases

Related artist(s): Arkhe

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