I’m always up for reviewing local female-fronted metal bands for Sonic Cathedral. So far, I’ve covered three Boston-area bands for the Zine: Avariel, Era For A Moment, and Evince Ethos (who changed their name this summer to Anaria). Now it’s time for Anarchangel, one of the most unique metal acts I’ve ever listened to.
On their self-released debut EP Without Armor, Anarchangel blend a wide range of subgenres and influences together and use the talents of four singers (both male and female) to create a homogenous style that’s grungy, gritty, and colorful. The songs range from heavy and psychedelic (“Monster”), to anthemic fist-pumping (“Good vs. Evil”), to slick and groovy (“Trojan Horse”), to semi-acoustic heartache (“Skinless”). I’ll admit that Without Armor isn’t the best-sounding record I’ve heard this year. (The poor sound quality muddies the experience and exacerbates any execution flaws.) However, I do hear a lot of potential in Anarchangel’s music. So I’m interested in hearing what else this band has to offer down the road.
Click here to read my review of Anarchangel’s Without Armor.