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Review: Arcane Roots – Left Fire (Mini Album)

Check out our review of ‘Left Fire’, the new mini album from Arcane Roots.

Band: Arcane Roots
Release: Left Fire (Mini Album)
Release Date: Out Now

There’s no rest for the wicked. That’s what the alternative rock band Arcane Roots are trying to show, through their indie-influenced riffs to Daryl Atkins crashing drums in their latest album ‘Left Fire’. With that whole formula in mind, does that make this album follow convention like any other band? Well, apparently not, as these guys are too busy creating their own path of an alternative-yet-brutal world.

‘Aus Blauderen Verederen, Dus Moet 1K’ opens the album up, which is a haunting instrumental of raw guitar feedback and random guitar soloing from Andrew Groves over the tight rhythm patterns of Adam Burton and Daryl Atkins. Before we know it, the world is burning down around us in ‘In This Town Of Such Weather’ where the clean aggression of Andrew’s guitar is ricocheting off of Daryl’s crazy drumming, before the technical bridge explodes with Andrew showing off his fret board skills marginally in front of Adam’s bass through epic riffs and infectiously angry choruses. The track then decides to melt away into ‘You Are’, with the indie inspired riff that towers supremely over Adam and Daryl’s playing. It may be showing off, but the technical elements of the drumming with Adam’s bass prove just as effective, especially through the grand chorus and solo, before the energy fizzles out in the outro into its own serene state.

But is that the end of the energy? Effectively yes, but the anthemic charge of ‘Home’ remains powerful despite the vocals being slightly inaudible. ‘Rouen’ presents us with a more melodic side to ‘Arcade Fire’, which is when we see our second rest, until it breaks into a mixed flurry of raw aggression and peaceful serenity. It may seem as though the ideas are scattered about on this track but they’re linked closely enough to make it a good one. ‘Million Dollar Que$tion’ reignites our energy to relentlessly mosh to this track of grand proportions. Why did we have to wait for this track? No idea, but the fact’s straight that it kicks ass.

After the somewhat dreary 30 second track of ‘Habibty’, we’re introduced to the frenzy of ‘Long and Low’, giving Andrew a place to demonstrate how powerful his voice actually is, and not just letting his guitar do the talking for him. An extended version of ‘Habibty’ presents itself soon after, with a breakdown that’s guaranteed to melt a few faces and yet more powerful drumming that steps Daryl into the limelight once more. At the very end, ‘You Are’ and ‘Rouen’ are given to the ever-eager listener as a little treat. They may contain their fair share of surprises such as the piano on ‘You Are’ and the beautiful female vocals on ‘Rouen’, but it just gets repetitive and annoying.

Very few, if any, trios have captured energy like this since The Jimi Hendrix Experience in the late 60s, but Arcane Roots have crafted that power into their own. Although the track variations do affect the overall outcome of the album, it’s one not to be underestimated and one certainly not meant to be missed.


Reviewer: Connor Flello

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