It’s been quiet here for a while, which is due some issues with my hosting provider. This seems to be a yearly recurring theme or something, though thankfully this one was solved rather quickly. They do tend to respond rather quickly.
Anyfuck, we’re back now and we’re back with Arbiter, which was a suggestion by Rufio. He described the American band’s music as ”a heavier, Djentier Omnium Gatherum”, but also admitted he ”didn’t poke around at much”. Can’t blame him, but if he had, he would’ve found out the band certainly isn’t comparable to Omnium Gatherum.
Instead, these five dudes from Charlevoix, Michigan, do some proper brutal Death Metal with distinctive Deathcore elements. Having listened to some of their stuff, they seem to me like a bunch of breakdown kings, which I know will put half of you off. The other half, or whatever the exact split is, might actually enjoy several shitloads of the band’s getting-hit-by-a-freight-train experience.
What Rufio linked us to is the band’s official BandCamp page. Over there you’ll find several of the band’s releases, ready for streaming for free and legal download for a small fee. There are two live albums, two singles, an album and some sort of Christmas special titled A Very Arbiter Christmas. Since Christmas has passed already, we’ll completely and utterly ignore that last one – and leave it for you to explore.
There are two things I would like to pay attention to. Firstly the band’s 2010 Colossus album, which is nine songs long and available for a mere five bucks. One of the loudest of the nine is called Deadfall and it also contains some big motherfucking breaking down.
If you give the album a further try, make sure you catch What We Have. That one really pulled my pisser. Completely in the good way. With a slightly cheesy, but actually quite catchy 8-bit intro and then big and heavy guitars taking over the same riff, it’s better than butt sex.
Finally, check out Destroyer, which is the band’s 2011 single. It’s Djentier, more controlled, more refined than Colossus material, but that doesn’t mean it’s giving in in terms of crunch and brutality. There’s room for some clean vox as well, though the majority is like a big fuckin’ inbred dog barking into a mic. Just to be clear about it, I think that’s good. Here’s a little lyrics vid, so you can tell what the dog is barking on about.
Finally, for some additional info, hit the band up on Facebook.