August 2020 Album of the Month: Unleash the Archers’ AbyssSaturday, 12th September 2020
Unleash the Archers has been gaining the favor of the metallic masses (and DR) for quite some time. Apex was a shining beacon of thrilling heavy metal, and follow up Abyss takes all of the pieces of their formula and gives them a jaw-dropping polish and brings the band entirely to the next level. An addictive piece of heavy metal that will take you on a story-driven journey that you won’t soon forget. Rare is the band that can provide a more accessible product while keeping all points of their sound intact and unfiltered. Yet Abyss does just that, and then some. An exquisite example of how to provide an upgraded sound that die-hard fans will love, and newcomers will flock to (and be enamored by). Abyss is a true triumph for metal fans, no matter your preferences.
An excerpt from Matt Coe’s 9.5/10 review, which posted on August 24, 2020:
Ascending the ranks of the power metal world through high quality output and a memorable live show experience globally, Unleash the Archers prepare to continue their ascent up the ranks with their fifth studio album Abyss. Continuing the conceptual theme that began on Apex and returning to Hansen Studios with Jacob Hansen in Denmark for the recording, these ten tracks feature a wider array of sonic textures – sometimes smoother, refined, and more commercial-leaning but still thunderous in catchy impact while adhering to the tenets of heavy metal.
Spreading their wings into dynamic bliss, Abyss reminds this scribe of the transitions Iron Maiden and Queensrÿche were willing to make record to record during their 80’s creative heydays. As such, this should be the most successful and satisfying record not just for Unleash the Archers in their discography, but their ardent fan base as well.