As the slow-burning intro of the opening title track launches itself into a furious attack of fret-melting guitars and face-pounding kick drums, it’s obvious that thrash/death metallers Arceye are not fucking around on their second release.
Arceye: At First Light
Shrewsbury death/thrash mob return with a razor-sharp attack
Al Llewellyn’s gravelly vocals are in fine form and the entire band seem to be firing on all cylinders as tracks such as The Storm, I Silently Wait and Prey Forgiveness continue the onslaught with great effect. That’s not to say that there isn’t anything more to this album than straight-down- the-line aggression, though, as the acoustic guitar and synth-driven instrumental Sirius as well as the clean vocal diversion of Damage Done give breathing space amongst the brutality.
With a tight modern production, razor-sharp riffing and well-crafted songs that display an underlying current of progressive thinking, At First Light is a praiseworthy follow-up to 2009’s The Divide Between Chaos And Order from a band on the rise.