Written by: Blackie Skulless
These days, thrash and traditional metal revival bands are all over the place, Sweden being a country that boasts a fair amount of each. Seldom do people like to go for that core speed metal sound without leaning towards something else, so when that’s placed before me, it gets immediate attention. Armory has been around for roughly a decade now, and their second full-length Mercurion is what got my attention with that very aspect. Being a genre that’s tough to screw up, but also tough to make an impression, I can confidently say that this is the latter.
Despite incorporating breakneck riffing under an umbrella of an untampered atmosphere, Armory has a strong ear for hooks. Melody isn’t usually the focal point, but I’ll be damned if this isn’t everywhere. Perhaps the lead guitars are meant to make up for the vocals, as those carry a coarse identity with little focus on being concise. Instead, there’s a whinier element that blends with harsher attitudes, which can admittedly be tough to get behind sometimes. It isn’t a dealbreaker, though. The way they flow with the music itself more than makes up for it.
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