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When thinking of musically heavy Norwegian imports, it's all black robes and severed goat heads, right? Not to Stonegard, whose thrashing stoner rock by way of alternative metal style manages to pack that Nordic punch, especially guitar-wise, yet show nary a sign of blood-curdled screaming or mutilated animal entrails. Instead, this quartet take the lumbering desert sounds of Kyuss, the metallic firepower of Megadeth and Flotsam and Jetsam, the stoner chug of COC, and the radio-friendly savvy of STP and make an impressive cavalcade of sturdily built dirty jams like "Ghost Circles" and "Darkest Hour". Meshing the badass vibe of Black Label Society and the anthemic metal offerings of Trivium, ARROWS heartily provides the thrill a minute heavy rock 'n roll rollercoaster ride for anyone that loves it loud is sure to latch onto.
- Mike SOS