I understand that this new single, 'Arashi', from British metallers Achilla has an accompanying track 'Volcano', although just the former has been made available for review here so I shall base my judgements on that song alone. So, just three minutes of music are under scrutiny, but a mightily fine three minutes it is. And when I say British, they are based in London, although the band are constituted of multinational origins with an Italian guitarist and drummer, Hungarian vocalist, and Greek bassist. With 'Arashi', Achilla prove they have a keen ear for catchy melodies which they use to embellish some adeptly performed, groove-infused heavy guitar riffing interposed with passages of clean playing for the song's verses. Hints of Opeth's 'The Moor' rear their head with a guitar lead just over two minutes in and perhaps point towards a more progressive influence within the band although the song isn't actually progressive per se. Vocalist Martamaria has a likeable voice, exercising the lower end of her range over verses and venturing into tonally higher singing each instance of chorus. Most impressive is her neat phraseology over the song's verses in what comes across as quasi-melodrama. It's also worth mentioning that the production and overall mix are particularly good with instrumentation and vocals layered into an effectively resonant whole. It's difficult to make any sweeping judgements of Achilla's worth based on just one song although if the quality of their other material is as good as 'Arashi', then they undoubtedly have a bright future.
Review by Mark Holmes
16th Sept 2010
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"...Achilla prove they have a keen ear for catchy melodies which they use to embellish some adeptly performed, groove-infused heavy guitar riffing..."