Arkadia are a band from Finland that has been featured before in this zine and plays a melodic mixture of heavy, doom, and death metal and this is a review of t heir 2016 album "Aspirations & Reality" which was released by Inverse Records.
Clean guitars and drum beats start off the album and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and after awhile t he music goes into a heavier direction along with soem death metal growls, high pitched screams and melodic guitar leads being introduced to the recordign as well as a great amount of 90's doom/death metal influences.
A great amount of melody can be heard in the guitar riffing and clean singing vocals can also be heard in certain sections of the recording and the songs also being in a modern style of melodic death metal and synths are also added onto some of the tracks along with a touch of goth metal while clean playing also makes a return in certain sections of the recording and as the album progresses they bring an instrumental onto the recording and all of the songs stick either to a slow or mid paced musical direction while there is a brief use of blast beats.
Arkadia creates a recording that sees them going into more of a melodic death metal direction while still having some doom and goth metal elements in their musical style, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover dark and depressive themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Arkadia and if you are a fan of melodic death metal or doom/death metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Aspirations & Reality" "Foundation" "Spitting Image" and "To Those it may Concern". 8 out of 10.