Unleash The Archers - Abyss



7.9 | 102 votes |
Release date: 21 August 2020
Style: Heavy metal, Power metal

Owners:

35 have it
9 want it


01. Waking Dream
02. Abyss
03. Through Stars
04. Legacy
05. Return To Me
06. Soulbound
07. Faster Than Light
08. The Wind That Shapes The Land
09. Carry The Flame [feat. Andrew Kingsley]
10. Afterlife

Additional info
Cover Art: Nightjar art of Adam Burke.

Staff review by
ScreamingSteelUS
Rating:
7.3
Fortunately, the title's foreshadowing proved to be a red herring and Abyss is not the opposite of Apex after all, at least in terms of quality. It is, however, something of an unexpected twist away from Unleash The Archers's characteristic roaring assault.

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published 11.08.2020 | Comments (6)

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17.06.2020 - 22:15
ickoriss
Beyond stoked for this after how fucking great Apex was.
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18.06.2020 - 22:08
Rating: 7
Metal Rambo
Hype is strong with this one. The cover art looks ugly, though.
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21.08.2020 - 17:20
Rating: 9
Elisyon
Great album! nice riffs and the vocals are strong as ever
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21.08.2020 - 18:07
Rating: 9
Bardamu
I'm really enjoying this so far. They had a lot to live up to after Apex, but this is a really good way to follow it up.
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21.08.2020 - 19:40
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Tage Westerlund
This is how I wish Kobra and the lotus would sound, seems band plays metal not pop sound as that band. well I like boat, what best, i dunno.
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I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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22.08.2020 - 07:48
Rating: 9
ferelli14
My advice is to listen to this one twice, it gets better on the second listen. The first time I listened to it, I found the second half to be much stronger than the first, something pretty rare in albums. Then I listened to it again and found that the first half had grown on me. Overall I'd put it right up there with Apex.
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22.08.2020 - 11:47
Rating: 9
SegaSnatcher
This album is absolutely brilliant. They took many chances/risks on this album and I feel it paid off.

The guitar work as just as impressive as ever with an even more thought towards melodies.

The synth gives a nice added atmosphere without getting in the way, just a nice layer underneath the band.

And Brittney....... This is the best she has ever sounded. She is one of the best current performing metal singers without question. The Wind That Shapes The Land really shows off her full vocal range.

There isn't a song off this album I dislike, some are simply better than others. My top 3 are "Through Stars", "Return to Me" and the aforementioned "The Wind That Shapes The Land". Also, gotta give an honorable mention to the song "Legacy" for being totally different than anything UTA has wrote previously, such a unique song.
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22.08.2020 - 13:49
Rating: 7
Metal Rambo
After few spins I'm starting to feel little disappointed with this album. Sure, it's technical and well played, but feels so lifeless and way too happy to me. Maybe it's just me, but the synth overshadows the guitars too much at times.
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22.08.2020 - 16:03
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Tage Westerlund
Written by Metal Rambo on 22.08.2020 at 13:49

After few spins I'm starting to feel little disappointed with this album. Sure, it's technical and well played, but feels so lifeless and way too happy to me. Maybe it's just me, but the synth overshadows the guitars too much at times.


I have same, seems its one time spin then wait, you can listen wholem disco in same day here.
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Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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23.08.2020 - 01:28
ickoriss
It's a great record, but not quite living up to Apex for me. Definitely still their second best record though. I'm hoping it grows on me more. Time will tell.
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23.08.2020 - 13:29
Rating: 9
Bardamu
I watched the album release concert last night and was pleasantly surprised. I wasn't sure how well this album would translate into a live performance, particularly with no audience and streamed online - but it sounded great. Obviously not quite the same atmosphere as a live gig, but at least I didn't have to drunkenly figure out where my hotel was afterwards.
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25.08.2020 - 00:36
Rating: 9
SegaSnatcher
The three dorks who rated this album a 1 Star are freaking trolls. Even if this album isn't your cup of tea a rating of 1 is just dumb.

You give a 1 to an album with absolutely terrible production, terrible musicianship and terrible song structure. None of these things are problem on Abyss.

These guys are objectively talented and even if you don't particularly like any of the songs on Abyss, they are still well structured, so again to give this album a 1 is just trollish.

I honestly wished there was a mandatory "Explain your rating" for a 1 Star. Those scores just artificially lower album ratings that in no way could be justified other than some people being jerks.

EDIT: Looks like this same troll also gave 1 star to their other albums as all their scores dropped at the same time. Lame
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25.08.2020 - 18:20
ickoriss
After a few more spins, I can confirm that this record is definitely a grower. It's not explosive as Apex, but the songs on it are fantastic nonetheless. Definitely a contender for my AOTY.

Also, I can't be the only one who thinks the first part of 'Legacy' sounds like Deafheaven lol.
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25.08.2020 - 21:33
Rating: 9
SegaSnatcher
Written by ickoriss on 25.08.2020 at 18:20

After a few more spins, I can confirm that this record is definitely a grower. It's not explosive as Apex, but the songs on it are fantastic nonetheless. Definitely a contender for my AOTY.

Also, I can't be the only one who thinks the first part of 'Legacy' sounds like Deafheaven lol.


Andrew said that Legacy is his take on a Devin Townsend/Deafheaven song.
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26.08.2020 - 05:40
Rating: 9
tintinb
Soaring fast paced melodies throughout the album. Listening to Unleash the Archers for the first time and I have to admit that lady can sing. Waking Dream, Legacy, The wind that shapes the land, will have to be my favourites.
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26.08.2020 - 22:03
ickoriss
Written by SegaSnatcher on 25.08.2020 at 21:33

Written by ickoriss on 25.08.2020 at 18:20

After a few more spins, I can confirm that this record is definitely a grower. It's not explosive as Apex, but the songs on it are fantastic nonetheless. Definitely a contender for my AOTY.

Also, I can't be the only one who thinks the first part of 'Legacy' sounds like Deafheaven lol.


Andrew said that Legacy is his take on a Devin Townsend/Deafheaven song.

That makes total sense. Thanks for the context!
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29.08.2020 - 12:02
Rating: 4
jawharessence
You would think that after Apex, their only solid album, they would actually blow up.
But no. They've proceeded to make an album bordering on pop and radio-friendly releases. Even Brittney's vocals here aren't as soaring as they were on Apex. Such a shame.
I don't understand what the 9's here are all about.
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30.08.2020 - 06:23
Rating: 9
SegaSnatcher
Written by jawharessence on 29.08.2020 at 12:02

You would think that after Apex, their only solid album, they would actually blow up.
But no. They've proceeded to make an album bordering on pop and radio-friendly releases. Even Brittney's vocals here aren't as soaring as they were on Apex. Such a shame.
I don't understand what the 9's here are all about.


I can't speak for the other 9 ratings, but the reason I gave it a 9 is because of what I consider great production, amazing musicianship and most importantly well crafted songs.

It sounds like you just wanted Apex 2.0 which while I'm sure would have been great in its own right, but it would also be kinda boring to just do the same thing again.

Brittney has never sounded better. Her vocal performance on The Wind That Shapes The Land is by far her best vocal performance on an album, it really shows off her full range.

Lastly, Apex was not their only solid album. Time Stands Still was great and Demons of the Astrowaste was really good too.
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31.08.2020 - 00:49
Rating: 4
jawharessence
Written by SegaSnatcher on 30.08.2020 at 06:23

Written by jawharessence on 29.08.2020 at 12:02

You would think that after Apex, their only solid album, they would actually blow up.
But no. They've proceeded to make an album bordering on pop and radio-friendly releases. Even Brittney's vocals here aren't as soaring as they were on Apex. Such a shame.
I don't understand what the 9's here are all about.


I can't speak for the other 9 ratings, but the reason I gave it a 9 is because of what I consider great production, amazing musicianship and most importantly well crafted songs.

It sounds like you just wanted Apex 2.0 which while I'm sure would have been great in its own right, but it would also be kinda boring to just do the same thing again.

Brittney has never sounded better. Her vocal performance on The Wind That Shapes The Land is by far her best vocal performance on an album, it really shows off her full range.

Lastly, Apex was not their only solid album. Time Stands Still was great and Demons of the Astrowaste was really good too.


I'm not sure we're on the same page here. I'm not even sure we're listening to the same album. I never said I was hoping for Apex 2.0. My objection (hence the 4 rating I gave) is that this album has too much poppish mainstream overtones for my liking. It's also a bit chirpy. It does have its positive attributes but it's just not as threatening as I imagined it would be. I'm not against bands changing sound, but not like this.
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22.09.2020 - 22:51
Rating: 7
Tom Muller
Strong album but not as good as apex
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09.10.2020 - 03:01
Rating: 9
mikeprado30
Loved this one. Very nice musicianship. And so sad to read on the comments so many unnecessary prejudices about music
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