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Dutch melodeath with a fa­mil­iar if in­flex­i­ble ring

Am­s­ter­dam-based For I Am King take in­spi­ra­tion pri­mar­ily from the Gothen­burg melodic death metal scene of the late 90s/ early 00s. Bar a beefy mod­ern pro­duc­tion, there isn’t much to dis­tin­guish the band’s sopho­more al­bum from their in­flu­ences, but the quin­tet un­de­ni­ably do a good job of mim­ick­ing the genre’s strong­est as­sets. Vo­cal­ist Alma Al­izadeh doesn’t change up her vo­cal style all that of­ten, even when given the op­por­tu­nity to (dur­ing the be­gin­ning of Mis­ery for ex­am­ple) and while she has an im­pres­sive gut­tural roar, the lack of vo­cal dy­namism can get wear­ing. Brief in­stru­men­tal In­vidia shows off the vir­tu­os­ity of gui­tarists Wouter Cam­mel­beeck and Koen Scheep­ens and pro­vides a brief breather in what is pre­dom­i­nantly a fairly one-paced af­fair. But if you adore the Swedish melodic death metal sound, there’s far worse you could try than this.

FOR FANS OF: Dark­est Hour, Arch En­emy, In Flames

REMFRY DED­MAN

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