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Anarcheon — Scary Tale

Anarcheon
Scary Tale
by Shea Higgerson at 15 March 2022, 5:12 AM

Female-fronted Canadian metal band ANARCHEON released an EP “Scary Tale” that absolutely slays. This vampiric, heavy three-song EP is quite a pleasant surprise and full of genre-bending musical efforts. I have to say that as someone who finds silly things hilarious, I really appreciate the cheesy humor in the song titles “Transyldrainia” and “Vlad to the Bone.” Reading those was a nice little chuckle. But this band is nothing to laugh at.

It’s great to see the number of female-fronted metal bands emerging, especially those with female screamers. Kaija Kinney has an impressive deep metal scream, but she can also sing. I think her vocals could shine brighter with even better production. I would like to see how good her singing voice sounds with better production, because I think justice isn’t done. I think she could also get better with her screams over time.

The EP starts off strong with “Transyldrainia” and I really liked the melody in the chorus. The band has some heavy riffs and they have definitely come up with some catchy elements. This one is a heavy, high-energy song and a great one to start off the EP. What else is interesting about this band is hearing how they combine elements of melodic death metal, black metal, and more. The band obviously has a vampire-inspired aesthetic and that includes their lyrical content. So if you’re not into the supernatural or bands like WEDNESDAY 13, you might not be impressed with this EP. I thought the line in “Vlad to the Bone” that says “Until that jugular vein flows like champagne” was pretty clever.

One thing I was not a fan of is Kinney’s almost whiney scream in the song “Scary Tale.” It just doesn’t work and doesn’t sound good. Her deeper scream is way better and I’m not sure why the whine was attempted or what purpose it serves. It definitely doesn’t sound scarier than the deep vocals. I’ll be interested to see what this band comes up with in future endeavors. I do feel like the vampire thing can be overdone and can be limiting, so I hope to see how they can make themselves stand out from the rest.

Songwriting: 7
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 7
Production: 7

3 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Transyldrainia
2. Vlad to the Bone
3. Scary Tale
Lineup:
Sylvain Maltais - Bass
Kaija Kinney - Vocals
Mac White - Drums
Mike Watson - Guitar
Record Label: Independent
     


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