Archons, the melodic death metal project based out of Quebec, managed to release a really good slab of melo-death with The Consequences Of Silence in 2008, but since then have been relatively quiet. However, it seems they have been working hard on a follow up, and every once in a while they release a demo track via their ReverbNation page. Their latest upload is a demo entitled “Risen By Scars“. For those of you that have never heard their sound before, it is a melding of groups like Arsis, Arch Enemy and Dark Tranquillity, while also flavoring things with a slight, slight, slight bit of metalcore. The new track, for instance, has something that resembles both a spoken word section and a breakdown, with some additional pinch harmonic action. It sounds a little bit like Killswitch Engage got a little lost on the way to the studio and wound up in about forty seconds of an Archons track.
The two demo tracks they have released so far show a band that still has a strong grasp on what they are trying to do and line up well quality-wise with what they did on The Consequences Of Silence. While “Risen By Scars“ isn’t as strong as previous track “The Slumber“, it still marks a damn good bit of territory for the band, and gets us here at The Monolith excited for whenever they get an actual mastered product out the door.