Armageddon - Captivity & Devourment (Listenable)

Melodic death metal veteran brings a new platoon to the war field...prepare for battle
Release Date: 
20 Jan 2015 (All day)

Being in a band with a sibling isn't always the easiest thing to do; sometimes a little family separation is just what is needed to fully shine as a musician. In the case of guitarist Christopher Amott, younger brother and former band mate of Arch Enemy axe man Michael Amott, a chance to think and create free of the constraints of one of the most revered melodic death metal acts to date is just what was needed. Though known for laying down a well crafted solo in his time in Arch Enemy, Christopher Amott is now getting a chance to show his skils as a songwriter along with the other members of his new focus, Armageddon, and their latest offering, Captivity & Devourment. 

Formed as a side project years ago, Armageddon spent nearly a decade in hibernation until Christopher's resignation from Arch Enemy in 2012. The younger Amott went to work right away assembling a new lineup and writing new material. With the album finally finished and ready to drop mid-January, Captivity & Devourment is chock full of riffs fans of Arch Enemy, At the GatesHypocrisy, and other like bands are sure to appreciate. 

Kicking off with the title track, Amott and co-guitarist Joey Concepcion deliver hit after hit of spine busting riffs over furious beats performed by drummer Marton Veress and grooving bass lines courtesy of bassist Sara Claudius. By the tapping riffs of Conquer, the album takes shape of any Arch Enemy classic before giving way to the flamenco laced Thanatron and the instrumental Background Radiation, the latter of which gives a brief break from vocalist Matt Hallquist's powerful pipes. Switching back to heavy with Equalizer and closing track Giants, the album ends on as strong a note as it began with. 

While having much in common with Arch Enemy, Armageddon is very much its own entity. Christopher Amott may be the only household name in the band, but his act of calling on a team of young minds full of fresh ideas has very much been a successful one. With his years of experience and the talent brimming from his new band mates, Amott and Armageddon are set to be the next powerhouse of heavy metal excellence.