This tharsh/mallcore/commercial band was founded in Seattle in 2008. The band soon issued a demo called Speed Of Life, which included a song called At The Gates. 2010’s Prototype and 2012’s In Nothing We Trust followed. The band took a five-year break, interspersed with live work, before issuing an EP called Broken on Canada’s Fledgling Collective Wave label. Pontius joined in 2016. Brigham replaced Hill in 2017.
The band has opened for Anvil, Gilby Clarke and Dope among others.
ARISEN FROM NOTHING – BROKEN – COLLECTIVE WAVE
Past the ever so clichéd intro the EP kicks in with a blistering and speedy minute of real metal a la At The Gates or Diesear that gets the listener/metal fan’s hope up, before descending into commercialist laziness.
One minute: Metal, speed, gruff, power
Next: Ooooo Ooooo Ohhhhhh Ahhhhhhhh Yeahhhh (boy band mallcore chanting)
When the first metal minute of said opener Chaos kicked in this reviewer wondered how wrong the publicist’s biography could be given that it compared the band to dross like Machine Head and Chimaira. The publicist turned out to be right actually.
The band’s second song, American Patriot, has a worthy lead, but otherwise is the standard issue American ode to the killer-murderer, a.k.a. US soldier, who kills people around the world for no reason other than his bi-weekly pay cheque and the fact that the Americans think everyone is out to kill them as soon as they are out of the womb, except it is their criminal military and its reach into the four corners of the globe that is creating enemies for them in the first place. Then again what do you expect from a country that elects a president who is so wimpy and thin-skinned that like a little spoilt brat jumps up and down and sends out tweets every time someone says something that crumbles the dotard’s carefully crafted self-image? By the way, the disloyal anti-leader campaigned on getting out of Afghanistan and, once president, increased the number of US troops there.
Too bad, Arisen From Nothing could have been good. Falling From Grace, for example, has moments of brutality, pounding drums and a worthy lead guitar, but it is soon back to the middling 4/4 and the singer wailing ‘oooohhh aaahhhh aaaaaaayyyy’ whatever. At least, they know how to call themselves, their songs and EPs, don’t they? – Ali “The Metallian”