The album starts off with a simple, catchy riff for "Belief", and as soon as the vocals kick in, you know this is going to be good. The music is somewhat simple and accessible, but don't you dare mistake "simple" for "lackluster" in the case of Archer. The vocals are melodic but...dirty, if you will. Dylan's voice perfectly fits basic heavy metal, clean without being operatic; I have no problems with operatic vocals and I enjoy good power and/or symphonic metal, but the vocals of Archer are more befitting to their music. The guitar riffs and solos are evidently composed with great attention to what the band would want to buy if they weren't the band. The drums are similarly accessible and catchy, and the bass is actually audible. A music pet peeve of mine is an inability to hear the bass; even if the bass lines run along with the drums or another instrument, hearing the bass is a plus, otherwise I cannot help but wonder why the band has a bassist.
The band consists of three members, but they display the energy of five; the same is true live. I saw the band perform live, but if I hadn't, I would have only remembered that there are only three during the guitar solos at first. The mix of this album does the band justice, for sure.
As is the case with their previous release "Doom$day Profit$", their lyrics show some anger at the human condition. The title track, "Culling the Weak", is among the darkest on this album lyrically and musically, recalling how weak-minded the masses can be. "King for a Day" also drew me in, accurately representing how people can be if they are in power.
My rating: 9/10. I purchased Archer's previous two releases via CDbaby as soon as I got home.
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