Although Arising Fear was founded in 2008, it’s only now that they’re getting ready to release their debut full-length album, Beyond Betrayal – but you can certainly say that it’s been worth the six-year wait.
Although Beyond Betrayal doesn’t really bring anything new to the table when it comes to the thrash/metal genre, it’s an excellent example of the genre done well and there’s just the right mix of melody and aggression to the music, which is great to see.
There are some great songs on the album, with particularly good inclusions being the striking opener Mantic Shape, which begins with a fantastically aggressive introduction before leading into powerful vocals and crushing solos, and later track Come Alive Again, which is for the most part a slower and more laid-back number that shows a little more versatility to their sound, which is refreshing to hear.
The album closes with another slower number before it hits you with one last burst of energy and it’s a great way of bringing it to a close. Good stuff, but it’s not quite enough to stand out from the crowd.
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