I confess. Sometimes I do look into the opinions other reviewers express. Not so much to gain specific word-by-word insight, but more to get a general drift of a record. Usually the sum of all parts gives you a pretty good idea where an album resides. It is a bit like Trip Advisor, where you get the gist of things from the overall rating. But not from the detailed wording of endless badly written and subjective comments.
For any record you will always find the fan boys and girls schmoozing the audience in glowing, sugary colors on the beauty of whatever is being discussed. And – in contrast – you will get the masters of grouch warming up, spewing their usual greenish bile. Yet, almost always the bitter truth sits somewhere in the middle.
Now in Arch Enemy‘s latest Will to Power an abyss just opened up. Black or white, the forces of evil pitched against the mighty powers of good. Where good is hardcore Melodic Death Metal and bad is the cheesy realms of the pop kings and queens. The divide between opinions is tremendous. So, it is with some trepidation that the RMR floor started on this new album from the master croakers from the North. [...]