Atlanta based Halcyon Way have dropped their latest album Bloody but Unbowed and, in my opinion, this is one hell of an album. Released this month through Agonian Records, Bloody but Unbowed is bursting at the seams with unadulterated and pure heavy metal goodness.
Wasting no time, the album opens with the face melting title track, “Bloody but Unbowed.” I can’t begin to tell you how amazing this track is. Melodic brutality would be the best way to describe it. The soaring choruses interwoven with beastly growls made me take notice immediately, and I know it will make you do the same.
“Blame” continues with the same intensity, highlighting the incredible rhythm section. “Blame” is ready for the radio, seriously! This could easily be played on Sirius XM’s Liquid Metal.
The electronic music elements in the epic “Slaves to Silicon” adds a nice, yet ironic touch to track. The overall theme and lyrics bring to light the obsession that this world with technology and social media. Very powerful song. It really makes you realize just how much we are chained to our electronic devices.
“Superpredator” opens with this trippy guitar riff before that double bass drum assault comes in and crushes your face (figuratively speaking of course.J ) This is easily one of the heavier tracks on the album, and in my opinion will translate very well to the live performance.
We’re halfway through the album and there are no signs of slowing down. In fact, the epic juggernaut, “Ten Thousand Ways” only shows us how much this band has to prove! The choruses are some of the best I’ve heard on the entire album.
“The Church of Me” is a very catchy song riddled with power and groove. It almost seems out of place on such a heavy album, but it Halcyon Way makes it work. The highlight of this song is the addition of an unidentified female voice to chorus of the song. Bravo, fellas…and lady.
“Burning the Summit” has some very soulful harmonies blended in with all of that sheer metal power.
Closing the album is the track “Desolate.” Great electronic intro that segues into some very hard hitting double bass. The energy of this track is outstanding and was the perfect way to bring the musically journey home.
Bloody but Unbowed should honestly be on every metal fan’s streaming playlist and CD/Vinyl collection. It meets all the criteria for an amazing metal album. There are face melting solos, punishing riffs, killer rhythm section, and anthem like choruses that you will be singing for days in addition to all the guitar you’ll be playing. Rating: 8/10 Stars.
Contributing Writer for I’m Music Magazine Jason “Supes” Mesa
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