Arkadia are a band from Finland that plays a melodic mixture of heavy, death and doom metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "Unrelenting" which will be released in November by Inverse Records.
Melodic guitar leads and symphonic sounds start off the album before going into more of a heavier musical direction and adding in a mixture of death metal growls and clean singing vocals which seem to be equally influenced by both gothic and power metal and you can hear quite a bit of doom/death in the bands musical style.
You can hear a lot of thrash and traditional metal elements in the bands musical style and all of the instruments have a very powerful sound to them and as the album progresses clean playing and acoustic guitars can be heard in certain sections of the recording and they mix in with the heavier parts and most of the music sticks to a slow or mid paced direction along with a couple of tracks that are very long and epic in length and on the last song there is a brief use of blast beats being utilized along with some black metal influenced vocals.
Arkadia plays a very heavy and melodic style of metal that is heavily influenced by the death, doom and gothic metal genres of t he 90's which they also mix in with the melody of NWOBHM to create a dark, melancholic and melodic sound of their own, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover dark and depressive themes.
In my opinion Arkadia are a very great sounding melodic mixture of death, doom and heavy metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Before the Dawn" "May" "Nothing lasts Forever" and "Unrelenting". 8 out of 10.