Arcaine is a promising technical/melodic death metal band I have discovered about a week ago with their powerful song; Relentless, off from their latest full-length release; AS LIFE DECAYS, which was released in 2020. Although I personally don’t listen to this specific music style that much, my first impression about Relentless was; “BADASS”. I believe that they are a very good example of a professional and good looking band with advanced musicianship skills. Now, please check out the song while reading the rest of the article.
The Swiss gentlemen are together and professionally making since 2015. After having a long break since their debut release; DEPTHS EP, they put together a promising full-length album and made an impressive comeback. Relentless is the first song they have released off from this album which we have decided to take a closer look at to understand what’s waiting for us.
Relentless is a very successful piece of work with a delicious blend of progressive, technical, metalcore, and deathcore elements with a very melodic approach. There are so many bands out there making heavy music. In my opinion, Arcaine is making a difference here with their melodic and progressive side. When you listen to the guitar partitions, you’ll hear sentences that are very similar to metalcore/djent elements. Honestly, I don’t listen to metalcore/deathcore at all, but Arcaine’s blend had something interesting for me to be honest. For instance, I personally loved the way they constructed this song. While you’re listening to the song, you realize that there are some melodic sections from time to time which immediately reminded me of Opeth. And also, we don’t usually hear these things happening from death metal, deathcore and metalcore bands so often.
Additionally, they are showing great potential with their intelligent songwriting and advanced musicianship skills. Not everybody can compose, play and also perform songs like this. While you listen to the song from the beginning to the end you easily lose yourself in the flow. The listener never gets the feeling like they are playing different blocks after one another, which is admirable. As you might also remember from some of my previous articles that so many progressive bands are composing phenomenal compositions out there, yet without leaving any taste or mark in your memory. You listen to a 10-minute long song and remember nothing at all right after. In our example, Arcaine has a great balance between everything as well.