3-10 Slug Magazine

Any band that has a song titled “Bruce Campbell” is cool with me, even if it’s only a minute long. In all seriousness, Salt Lake City’s Arsenic Addiction leave listeners wanting more instead of less with their EP Requiem of the Fallen. The band plays a nice, modern metal melodic/heavy mix with no damn chugga chugga breakdowns, thank goodness. The riffing,

while a bit simplistic at times, is effective at being catchy and contains some nice lead work and brief yet good soloing. The songs feel like Crisis and In This Moment had a bastard child and it’s Arsenic Addiction. Vocals are a standout sung with conviction and range, death snarls and growls from a woman vocalist that don’t wind up sounding like a dude growling. The most important thing about the songs on the EP is they’re all backed with real emotion because in the end, who really wants to listen to a band pretend to be angry and sorrowful when you can get the real deal.

–Bryer Wharton

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