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Arcanjo - Torment Alive

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Emerging from Brazil, Arcanjo has unleashed a live album called Torment Alive.  Arcanjo plays a brutal mix of thrash and death metal with a bit of a core feel.  They blaze, maybe even rush, thru 12 chaotic tracks, including a decent cover of Living Sacrifice's "Reject".  Occasionally, because of the frantic pace they go through the songs, it seems that a few of the songs start to sound very similar.  Despite that, this sounds like a concert that would've been fun to have been at.   Marcelo's vocals are nothing incredible, but are drenched with intensity.  He has a style that is comparable to that of Ethereal Scourge.  The lyrics are in English, but the translation is pretty rough.  Production-wise it gets a little muddy at times, but is very listenable.  I think the muddiness has a lot to do with the speed of some of the songs.  The sound level is nice and high so you can crank it and enjoy.  They even have a pretty rowdy crowd that helps increase the energy level.  I could see this attracting fans on both sides of the metal fence - be it true metal or the core stuff.  Best songs are "Torment in Sand", "Cage", and "Desert".  I'd be interested in hearing this band on a studio album.  (Review by Matt)

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