Rating: 88/100

Reviewed by: Peter Laursen, October '04
Label: Nuclear Blast GmbH
Melodic Death Metal

The Arrival

Only familiar with a few songs from Hypocrisy, which did nothing for me. I hesitated a bit, whether I should buy this album or not?. Now I’m glad, that I picked it up because "The Arrival" is truly a great melodic death metal album.

Tracks like “Born Dead Buried Alive”, “Eraser” and “War Within”, are in my humble opinion outstanding. This album has a very dark and haunting feel over all tracks, however it is very melodic, at the same time. Just listen to “Dead Sky Dawning”, class and melodic is written all over this track.

Expect no miracles from this album, it isn't revolutionary, but I really think it, somehow it is a stunning release. I have heard people call, “The Arrival”, an utterly forgettable disc, but it isn’t to me. I like every track on this album. To me it is filled with memorable tracks packed with great riffs, doom laden heaviness, with gothic driven structures and great choruses. But then again ... This is just MY opinion. 

Recommended tracks: I like ‘em all.