Written by Alex Stojanovic
Born To A Dying World
Nothing Comes From Nothing
Pathway To Oblivion
Snake In The Grass
Release Date: March 17, 2023
Michael Vafiotis - Drums
Markus Johansson - Vocals, guitars, bass
Before the announcement of the album, their last social media post was in 2017 when they announced that they had to take a hiatus due to a life-threatening injury, but they were set to begin tracking soon after that. Now that the album is out, you'll notice that Andy Hinterreiter is not credited for bass, which may seem like he was the one who was injured, and he has either left the band because of it, retired from music entirely, or just not on the album due to his injury. As a result, bass was handled by Markus Johansson, and the album was recorded by him and drummer Michael Vafiotis, who is the only original member left. Those are just some observations I wanted to point out.
Getting into the album, it picks up where Survivalist left off. With tracks like "Gutterfeeder", "Born To A Dying World", "Stigmata" and "Activator", we're treated to some hard-hitting riffs full of groove and ferocity. Markus' vocals seem like a blend of James Hetfield and Chuck Billy, which is a combo I really enjoy, and Vafiotis is an absolute powerhouse of a drummer. One thing that 4Arm take a lot of pride in with their albums is making sure the production delivers a crushing punch to the gut, and that always elevates the songs to greater heights. Submission For Liberty and Survivalist both contained exactly that, and Pathway To Oblivion continues that.
It's annoying that many people still haven't gotten over Danny Tomb's departure and are begging for him to come back and for the band to return with Submission For Liberty (Part 2). Not happening people. Go listen to Meshiaak if you want to hear Danny's voice. Whether 4Arm manages to get a new complete lineup and play live again, or just remain a recording band remains to be seen. However, given that they haven't played a live show in a whole decade, I wouldn't be surprised if it turns out to be the latter. Either way, it means that 4Arm is still alive and we'll still be hearing new music from the Aussie lads.
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