One Bullet Left - Armageddon Sunrise
26 February 2010

01. Invisible Fleshwounds
02. Whatever May Come
03. Alpha Dogs
04. This Prayer
05. Into The Dark
06. Black Widow
07. Feast For The Carnivore
08. Love Boat Morgue
09. Chapter III: Mortal Divinity
10. Not Our World
11. Reach For The Stars
12. Armageddon Sunrise

Melodic Death metal
Recorded: Kohlekeller Studio, Germany 2009
Label: Darkest Hour Music/Twilight Distribution
Total Running Time: 52:19

More infectious than a rusty nail in an open flesh wound.

Do me a favor. Do not confuse (like they did on Metal Archives) this One Bullet Left with the band monstrosity spawned from The Netherlands (just trust me on this one, you don't even want to look them up). More importantly, do not confuse this band with the swarm of bands hopping on the mainstream bandwagon. Sure these guys are decidedly modern in their approach too, yet this is not another empty vessel on the wave of modern melodic death metal. Among those many modern metal bands, this is one of the very few that still has some character left.

It's hard not to get swept up by the plenty of fist-pumping anthems on Armageddon Sunrise. One Bullet Left are pistol whipping the listener with twelve tracks that are catchier than herpes. These are the kind of songs that get the blood rushing... in a good way. I mean, most of the songs are so awesome they can probably cure cancer.

The album is a burst of chaotic energy, but the band manages, admirably, to keep enough dark - read: metal - edges in that melodic sound of theirs. Though the metalcore influences are apparent, this stays far away from the plenty of stale and reheated affaires out there.

These were fifty minutes of modern melodic death metal that, for a change, didn't make my brain bleed. Instead I even believe this band has all the potential to leave an impact on the listener that is about as powerful as a sniper shot through a brick wall. I'm well aware the melodic death metal label carries quite the negative connotation nowadays, though this album is vastly superior in almost every way imaginable to a lot of the material released in this genre.

Neat way to make a debut.


written by Thryce | 13.03.2010


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Promonex - 13.03.2010 at 20:03  
Seriously?? I've seen them live two years ago and they were very generic back then and totally immature in both songwriting and personality. You make it sound as if they have evolved quite a lot. Will have to give them another try then, I guess.
Marcel Hubregtse - 13.03.2010 at 20:28  
I prefer the egneric thrash of the dutch One Bullet Left to the generic moder so-called melodath from this bunch. At last the dutch band has their young age on their side.
Thryce - 13.03.2010 at 20:30  
Well, I was wondering how this band would do live. Wouldn't be too surprised if they sound like your description. I mean, for one, the sound on the album is way too polished - it would be very hard to come across the same way live. I haven't heard their demo, but I read in a German review they did indeed make some progression.
Troy Killjoy - 14.03.2010 at 02:18  
I'm on the fence; it's generic but it's catchy. I'm not sure what to think overall, but I know I don't think it's bad. Maybe more listens will give me a more concrete opinion.
Dark Blood - 14.03.2010 at 02:49  
Interesting review. And from what I could hear of them, looks like they made their own sound and certainly puts them apart from the modern death/metalcore scene in general. Its good to see some talent once in a while. I'm getting this for sure.
Lamagra - 14.03.2010 at 21:38  
Great album ! love the band ! I've seen them on Ankara Rockstation Festival ! Great performance !
Check out the making of the album on youtube...


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