Premiere: Archaic Decapitator – “Skyward”
Nothing beats a good melodeath tune, and what we’ve got today more than delivers.
Given the sheer volume of melodic tech death I’m exposed to these days, I don’t generally get excited about straight melodic death metal much anymore. Every now and then, we’ll get something that hits all the right beats perfectly, and I can’t pass up the chance to tell you about them. Enter Archaic Decapitator, a Connecticut-based melodeath group whose new single I’ve been addicted to. This is some great stuff, so let’s get right to it:
“Skyward” explodes into being in a hail of tremolo-picked arpeggios and blastbeats, transitioning into a blistering melodic riff that belies the song’s emotional core. Speedy as this opening salvo is, the band carries a lot of emotional similarities to bands like Be’lakor and Insomnium. The song’s centerpiece is an exultant chord progression accompanied by a twinkling keyboard melody; the speedy parts are just icing on the cake. Melodeath is at its best with an even mixture of musicianship and feeling, and Archaic Decapitator nails both aspects.