This is the sophomore album from California power trio Archer, and it is definitely something that caught my eye. This is my first foray into this band so I didn’t know what to expect coming in. What we have here is some melodic metal that has its base steeped in traditional metal, though it doesn’t just sit there and try to come across as the next edition of the retro metal band of the week. There are elements of something a bit more modern here and there and they do a valiant effort of giving you something just a bit different. Some of it works better than others, but overall you have a sound that pretty well stands on its own. The songwriting is nice and the musicianship is fairly solid, the vocals work well with the music that is written, though they are not very spectacular in themselves. What you end up with at the end of the day is a very solid album that does a good job of giving you a good taste of the band and leaving you wanting more. Maybe not one of the heavy hitters of 2015, but still miles ahead of a lot of what you will find as well! Definitely worth a solid listen or two!
Choice Tracks – Belief, Culling The Weak, King For A Day, Day That Never Came, World Of One