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Arcanium

The members of Arcanium are technically skilled and plenty passionate — but when it comes to distinctiveness and originality, they've still got a ways to go. Most of the cuts here use a template exemplified by "Trapped in the Niche" and "The Knife": The vocals of frontman Sinn and backing throats Cate and Messiah alternate between spittle-spewing excoriations and moody crooning, while the music juxtaposes galloping riffs and hyperactive drumming with occasional melodic passages. (Exception: "Arcanium," the song for which the band is named, which stays heavy via chants of "Get real!" and aromatic lines like "The stench is in my nostrils.") It's hardly a unique formula, and while Arcanium delivers it pretty well, so do a lot of other bands. The Architects could have used some fresher designs.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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