Tarchon Fist - Apocalypse - (7/10)
Published on August 27, 2019
Do you have an itch for some Iron Maiden that isn’t actually Iron Maiden? Well, look no further than Tarchon Fist. Apocalypse, their fourth album to date, is all that and then some: Iron Maiden with a bite, if you will. While it does lack some of the lyrical themes and memorable riffage of Maiden, Apocalypse delivers a very similar sound but packs a heavier, more refined punch.
One way Tarchon Fist fall short from Iron Maiden are with the solos. While I could easily pull ten from Maiden for examples of my favourite guitar solos of all time, Tarchon Fist has a far tamer approach to soloing. They fit the music just fine, but there’s not a whole lot that impresses beyond the occasional, “hey, cool solo.” Exceptions would be the solos ‘No Mercy for the Enemy’ and ‘Last Human Strength’, which are fucking sick.
Of course, Tarchon Fist is its own band. It’s hard to not compare them to Iron Maiden because of the many similarities (dual vocals, song structure, vocal style, overall sound), but there is some individuality to take note of. The drumming, which also happens to be the highlight of the album for me, is fucking killer. Every once in a while, like in ‘Titan of the Forest’, there’ll be some great double kick passages, and the grooves are always changing and flowing with the music. Additionally, there are more unique tracks like ‘Sky Rider’ and ‘Lights of Fire’, which also show off the band’s glam metal melodies and hard rock riffs.
Apocalypse also has plenty to offer in terms of variety. It begins with an epic buildup of chugging riffs and a spoken prologue before unfolding into a wide array of songs, each with a fair dynamic range of their own. The transitions are really well done and the band remains tight and powerful all the way to the melancholic finisher, ‘My Destiny’.
All things considered, this is a really solid classic metal album, but it’s nothing you haven’t heard before. However, it does it job just fine: it’s energetic, entertaining, and a damn good throwback to traditional metal. And, at the end of the day, isn’t that all we want from music like this?
Originally written for PowerThorn.com