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A Thousand Arrows


Year Released: 2012
Format: CD
Label: Circuitscene Records
Reviewed by James Williams on Jan 22, 2013
A Thousand Arrows are another hardcore band from the bustling Cardiff scene. Their debut full length Défaillance was released in June last year. A Thousand Arrows’ sound in modern and melodic, but it also has a sense of throwback to bands like The Hurt Process and “Between Order And Model” era Funeral For A Friend. It’s got a post-hardcore slant to it, with melodic guitars and vocals that switch between a raspy scream and cleanly sung. The production is good and A Thousand Arrows throw in different effects and textures. They throw a garage-punk vocal effect into “The Merchant of Death is Dead” which gives their sound a more caustic edge. Their penchant for grand, instrumental passages becomes more obvious, the further you go into Défaillance, as does their appreciation for At The Drive-In. Overall, it’s a decent effort and take on a genre that in recent years has become quite full and while it won’t be to everyone’s taste, it’s very listenable and has a good vibe.

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