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Regain has been somewhat of a crap shoot for me. Once this album got going, it was clear that this album was one of the good finds. Arise is a quintet that got started just outside of Gothenburg, Sweden. You can tell as the album progresses that melodic death sound influenced them a great deal. Singer Patrik Johansson channels a bit of Mikael Stanne in his vocal delivery. The vocals and guitars mesh nicely with the back end of the bass and drums. The production is fairly solid and the album sounds very good throughout with some filler songs. Despite the little flaws, this album is a decent pick up.
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3.5 :AVE RATING
ALL REVIEWS FOR: ARISE
RATING The Reckoning 2009 Regain Greg Watson 7/9/2010 3.5
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