The Meltdown Music

Music: an expression of humanity, escape, a soundtrack to life, deep passion….

Ark Of The Covenant – Self Harvest

To say I wasn’t a fan of Ark of the Covenant’s debut ep, Separation, is being nice. The Potential was there but nothing about the ep was making me a fan or had me looking forward to more music from the band.

The potential that was barely peaking on Separation really shows itself on Self Harvest. It’s like I’m listening to a different band. For those worried about that statement, don’t be. Ark of the Covenant is still a heavy band playing a deathcoore dominated style of music. But there’s an integration of new elements and a maturity of playing together that takes Ark of the Covenant from generic scene band, to something special.

The death metal influence of Self Harvest is almost subtle but clearly there, sprinkled in the various tracks, adding flavor to the album.

Abandoned is pretty straight forward deathcore to kick off Self Harvest. Choppy guitar riffs that give the impression you’re listening to a metal version of Korn. But there’s an ambience running throughout the song that gives it an eerie dimension that is compelling to me for some reason. Even if the track didn’t have that ambient layer, the song is a million times better than anything Ark of the Covenant released on Separation.

There’s more gated guitars on the short instrumental, Fire, and I’m starting to wonder if Ark of the Covenant has anything else to show me. But Parasite comes trudging in with a solid (medium speed) blast beat. Transgressors has a killer melodic guitar line kicking the song off. Sentient’s opening riff is pretty chill, in the way you’d say the Deftones are chill. The dynamics give the song this beautiful layer of sound.

Ark of the Covenant’s growth as a band is evident and Self Harvest is a huge leap from where the band was on Separation. A solid record top to bottom.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Information

This entry was posted on June 6, 2013 by in Music Reviews and tagged , .
%d bloggers like this: