UNLEASH THE ARCHERS to Stream Abyss Virtual Album Release Show on Saturday, August 22!
Thematically, Abyss, by Unleash The Archers, is the direct sequel to the band’s 2017 album Apex. Beginning with a dreamlike acoustic introduction accented by the smoky beckonings of singer Brittney Slayes, opener “Waking Dream” quickly punches into a colossal wall of sound, setting the stage for the auditory escape that is Abyss. Powerful anthems such as the immense power metal-encapsulated title track “Abyss” and metallic pop-tinged earworm “Through Stars” conjure classic elements while maintaining an entirely fresh, forward-thinking approach.
Brittney Slayes chats with Scotty J
What did Scotty J think about ‘Abyss’? Here are his errant thoughts:
Waking Dream – Brittney Slayes is a name that should definitely be in the conversation of best women in metal when it comes to vocals. Right out of the gate this song has my attention for what’s to come on Abyss.
Abyss – Definitely not a song for an enclosed space. This is a big song for a big crowd. Brittney has some range. Let there be no doubt about that. There’s some fabulous guitar work here. Whoever mixed this song must have had a blast.
UNLEASH THE ARCHERS – Abyss
Through Stars – I’ve had so many albums sent my way over the last year I’ve lost track. So far this easily become one of my favorite. While I only recently became familiar with Unleash The Archers, I’m floored they aren’t a more household name in metal?
Legacy – Legacy breaks ranks with the first 3 tracks and I dig it. It has a different sound but it’s cool. For a 5:30 song it seems to blow by much faster?
Return to Me – Back to the harder sound that Unleash the Archers just owns. Brittney really does have a wild range. Her lows to highs are just awesome. You finally get some of those unclean vocals from the guys that really completes this track.
UNLEASH THE ARCHERS – Soulbound
Soulbound – I’m left thinking I’d love to hear a collaboration between Amy Lee from Evanescence and Brittney. Grant Truesdell rocks his face off on guitar for this one.
Faster Than Light – This is an appropriate title. During a live set, I’d expect a wardrobe change is required by the entire band.
UNLEASH THE ARCHERS – Faster Than Light
The Wind That Shapes the Land – you get a real nice mix of vocal styles with this track. It’s a long song at over 8min. So don’t expect much if any air play. You gotta pick up this album. All Unleash The Archers fans should really love this.
Carry The Flame – I said it earlier, but I’m just shocked these guys aren’t more of a household name. Got some great clean vocals from Andrew Kingsley on this. The duet action with Brittney is sweet. I’d love to hear that more often! Guitar solo is just awesome.
Afterlife – Here you get what truly feels like the conclusion of an epic tale. You feel whisked away to the highlands of Scotland before getting your faces melted off. This is a great conclusion to a solid 5th studio album release.
Unleash The Archers Band Photo Credit: Shimon Karmel
UNLEASH THE ARCHERS is:
Brittney Slayes – Vocals
Scott Buchanan – Drums
Grant Truesdell – Guitar, Vocals
Andrew Kingsley – Guitar, Vocals, Synth