I’ve been a fan of Skin Like Iron since All Human Failings came out so when I was asked to review their newest album Arrival, I knew that it would continue the amazing progression the band has made between that their last album. Arrival does not disappoint at all, going from melodic tendencies to punk, to very experimental songs to even at times being unclassifiable. The musicianship on this album is also worth mentioning for the riffs on this album are much more atmospheric and yet crushing, which adds a much more dynamic element to each song as well as the dark basslines and vocal performance which will make you bang your head. The album as a whole is a lot different than anything else the band has put out and yet in my opinion is their best effort to date and most hard hitting, with no song being a filler song and the flow of the album working perfectly especially with the lyrics since they are usually told telling stories it seems to continue the natural progression of the stories. I would recommend this album for anyone who is into music from Ceremony, Lewd Acts, Pulling Teeth, Joy Division, Deafheaven and a group of other eclectic bands. Yet I would definitely pick up this album if you’ve been sleeping on Skin Like Iron since it has something anyone into hardcore can find to their likings.
Rating: 5/5 (My favorite SLI release now)
Favorite Songs: Silence Swells & Blame II
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