Christopher Amott has returned once again to lead Armageddon with the band’s first album in 12 years. Amott began the revival of Armageddon in 2012, and it is now that their fourth record, Captivity & Devourment, is ready to be unleashed on the world.
Amott is the only original member of the band, as Matt Hallquist (vocals), Joey Concepcion (guitar), Sara Claudius (bass) and Márton Veress (drums) join him on what is sure to be considered the most powerful incarnation of the band to date. What started as a melodic death metal band in 1997, drifted into power metal and has now come full circle, returning to their melodic death metal origins, with Captivity & Devourment.
Known for his guitar mastery Amott doesn’t hold back whether the song calls for pure technique, soul crushing riffs, or killer solos. And neither does anyone else in Armageddon for that matter. Captivity & Devourment is a massive album that seems to have a point to prove. And that point is that Armageddon has well and truly returned.
The album shows that Armageddon know when to kick into high gear, and when to take a step back and mellow out. And more importantly, know how to step from one end of the spectrum to the next without missing a beat. Album opener and title track hits you with the force of a freight train, as it sets the stage for the remaining unrelenting and groove-filled nine tracks to play out.
Hallquist’s thunderous vocals lead the charge, while Amott lends his clean vocal style to the mix, as Armageddon looks to the future with Captivity & Devourment, but hasn’t closed its eyes to the melodic death metal of the past. Amott’s clean vocals really come into play in “The Watcher” as his power metal-esque vocals work perfectly with Hallquist’s roar.
Captivity & Devourment is a perfect comeback for Armageddon. They aren’t who they used to be, and they are ready to take the world by storm. This record will hopefully mark a new beginning for Armageddon, one which will prove to be longer lasting.