Avatar’s last album ‘Feathers And Flesh’ was a pretty ambitious piece of work.
It had a great mix of melodic death metal, power metal, groove, a touch of avant-garde and nu-metal with some seriously insane lead guitar playing.
It was also a concept album about an owl.
I found the whole thing pretty entertaining and whacky, but it suffered from having too many songs, which resulted in an album that should have had some of its fat trimmed off.
‘Avatar Country’ is once again based around another concept, which if I’m honest doesn’t really appeal to me all that much but isn’t really going to hamper the enjoyment of the tunes.
‘Glory To The King’ is a short intro which is a pretty cool little piece that leads straight into the first proper song ‘Legend Of The King’.
There’s a hell of a lot going on in this one and is probably their lengthiest one yet clocking in at just over 8 minutes.
There’s a real power metal feel to the first 2 minutes with riffs hitting you left, right and centre. There are groove riffs, blastbeats and the chorus is just pure Avatar. Theres also an excellent neo-classical style solo.
‘The King Welcomes You To Avatar Country’ is up next and it just sounds boring, flat and uninspired compared the the previous song. Its pretty much based around one riff that sounds like a country and western song. This one actually annoyed the hell out of me as it went on.
The same can’t be said for ‘Kings Harvest’ which slaps you in the face with its main riff. The bass is nice and twangy and high in the mix which adds to the heaviness.
They keep coming back to that riff throughout the song and it never gets repetative. There’s also that carnival feel to the chorus that they are known for as well.
‘The king Speaks’ is an interlude that could easily have been left off the album. Its 3 minutes long as well, and its basically just a spoken word piece. Pointless.
‘A Statue Of The King’ and ‘King After KIng’ were released as singles and are tasty enough with the former having a really cool bridge and chorus while the latter is more subdued sounding and wouldn’t sound that out of place on an Avenged Sevenfold album.
The final 2 tracks flow together as one piece and its an instrumental.
The first part is pretty much just an ambient piece and leads to the second part which is very melodic death metal sounding. Its a great track to finish the album and has those nice melodic death lead parts that sound good and up-lifting. Like its meant too.
And then just like that its over.
I was quite disappointed with the overall length of the album as there’s almost 15 minutes wasted on interludes and that second song proper that just seems to go on and on with its terrible riff.
It seemed like there weren’t enough vocals throughout it as well, but that’s mainly due to the instrumentals. If they had taken the time to put 2 more good songs on it I’d definitely be giving it a higher mark.
The last album was too overblown. Yet this one just doesn’t quite seem as epic as it could have been.
Here’s hoping they get the mix between the two better on the next one because if they do it would be something quite special.
Still there are some excellent songs on here. Plus the riffs are always quite inventive. So it’s still enjoyable despite these few flaws.
3 / 5 – Ollie Gill ::: 17/01/18