"Time Stands Still"
Reviewed By: Sean "The Asian Invasion" Harris
When it comes to power metal for me, it begins and ends with bands the likes of Blind Guardian and Helloween. Thankfully, there's a certain Vancouver power metal act that's been blowing me away for quite some time now. They formed in 2007 and having been blazing quite a powerful path in their tenure. "Time Stands Still" is their third full studio album and dare I say, it might just be their best.
I'm of course referring to Vancouver stalwarts, Unleash The Archers.
To say the band is talented would be the understatement of the century. They recently signed to Napalm Records to release this disk and after a couple of lineup changes, this is the heaviest most tight group yet. Kyle Sheppard lends a mean snarl on bass, as he should; he completely resembles former WWE wrestler Razor Ramon. Known for his killer drumming ability with thrash titans Terrifier, he proves he's versatile and packs a major punch in the rhythm section.
Scott Buchanan is the other half of that very section and adds wonderful layers to the already superb music. The double bass is hypnotic and works great on tracks like 'Frozen Steel' and 'Tonight We Ride.'
Speaking of that track, it also has an amazing Mad Max style video to go along with it. Make sure you check it out immediately.
Andrew Kingsley is the newest addition to the guitars and he fits in rather perfectly. The riffing is solid and he complements lead guitarist Grant Truesdell with ease. Grant is a master of his fret board. His talent is sky high and it only seems to be getting better, especially with fantastic songs like 'Test Your Metal' and 'Hail of The Tide.'
Now what can I possibly say about lead vocalist Brittney Slayes that hasn't already been said?
The beautifully talented singer can scream circles around damn near any other vocalist around. She proved to me at Armstrong Metalfest in 2014 that she could hang, as she completely annihilated a drunken Queen sing a long at 2 am with me. Freddie Mercury be damned, I want the Brittney version of Bohemian Rhapsody.
That being said, I can honestly say this is her best vocal performance yet. Now her previous vocal tracks are super tough to match but I really think she's done the unthinkable. Her voice is pristine, angelic and chaotic on every track. I applaud her for really taking it to the next level.
The production is top notch and I couldn't be happier with this release. It's everything me or any fan of this band has wanted. Pure, unadulterated heavy metal.
A solid 4.5 / 5 and a major cheers to everyone in the band. It won't be long before you take over the world. It's already been released in the entire world except for North America, which gets it July 10. Do everyone a favor and buy it.
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