Reviewed: January 1997
Released: 1997, WAR Music (Swe.)
This review was originally posted to our recommended listening section. We have decided to move it here, even though it’s not as long as most of our other reviews. Don’t let the length fool you, this CD is GODLY!
Released in 1997 on Sweden’s WAR Music label, Crossing The Rubicon is a release that I feel didn’t get the attention it deserved. This probably won’t change because the band no longer exists. Most interest in this will be from fans of Arch Enemy who find out that this was Chris Amott’s band prior to Arch Enemy. Also Appearing on the CD is bass guitarist Martin Bengtsson who handles bass on Arch Enemy’s “Stigmata” CD. Chris’s brother Michael Amott is credited as an additional musician – exactly what parts he plays or contributes to is not outlined in the liner notes. Basically, if you like Arch Enemy then you’re also going to love this. Both bands have a lot in common but Armageddon are more experimental with very varied time signatures and some very spacey stuff. The CD title itself comes from Roman times, and if you’re interested in history here’s an explanation. Chances are you won’t find this CD in your local store. I ordered my copy from www.metaldisc.com and after the exchange rate and shipping it cost me a small fortune, but it’s worth it. I believe WAR music is now a sub-label of Relapse records and they MAY re-release the CD.
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