Less than a year after the release of their covers EP ‘Explorers’, Canadian melodic power metal quartet Unleash the Archers have once again sharpened their arrows and hit the bullseye with their fifth studio album ‘Abyss’.
Released on 21 August, the concept album benefited from the magic touch of legendary producer Jacob Hansen. The musicianship on ‘Abyss’ is absolute stunning thanks to a mix of epic, highly complex and gripping tracks on the one hand and melancholy, synth-driven power ballads on the other. Bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest come to mind as Unleash the Archers combines traditional metal with fast power metal. Frontwoman Brittney Slayes makes an indelible impression thanks to a four-octave reach and a striking appearance. Her powerful mezzo-soprano voice is a crucial ingredient on the excellent title track or in the fragile intro in the epic 'The Wind That Shapes the Land’. Over the last decade, the Vancouver-based quartet have carved out their own niche in the metal universe, not in the least by staging highly memorable live shows.