In Arkadia is one of the bands I discovered who immediately made an impression on me, and unsurprisingly, they are from France. They simply show enough promise in their music to deserve everyone’s attention, specifically for those into modern metal. I am not sure if I’m the only one who is getting more and more interested in the dark side of Frenchmetalmen lately, cause In Arkadia is the third most powerful French band I’ve heard so far, the blackest of all.
Although I always approach judgemental when it comes to modern metal music, Harvesters of Hate is a massive-sounding song that instantly resonated with me mainly because of its energy. Yes, it has weaknesses in terms of the sound personality, mixing, decisions in production, and maybe some more, yet the energy that Harvesters of Hate produces makes you lose your mind for a second if you are listening to it loud and carefully. These Frenchmen simply can make a Scandinavian impact when it comes to blackness in metal, which also sounds natural.
Moreover, the song has a progressive build with a modern approach, where we usually hear these characteristics; massive energy, powerful dynamics, breakdowns, growling vocals, atmospheric/melodic elements, overly processed instrument sounds, digital-sounding drums, plastic sounds, and so on. It has some of these, yet it’s better to make your own judgment on how much respect they deserve in return. I don’t expect perfection, so I liked it. For instance, their instrumentation has influences from the old school black, technical, and death metal, flows monstrously way all along, playing a decisive role in this successful outcome.
Lastly, the collective looks fantastic, has the necessary industry standards in their visuals and representation. The music video is traumatic; super dynamic filming, professionally curated scenes, fantastic lightning, flawless sync with the song and triples the effect on the listener. A highly experienced and special band, a good example to check out if you’d like to see a ready-to-level-up band.