As the revival of the 80's styled thrash metal rolls on, Arnion enters the scene as legitimate heavyweight contenders for the title. Hailing from Brazil, Arnion began in 2003 with their music straight out of the 80s and 90s thrash metal scene. Inspired by the metal titans of the past, the band showcases heavy, fast and fierce metal sounds. Arnion's full-length release, Fall Like Rain, features articulate riffs, gripping hooks and the muscular brute force that brings to mind Kreator, Ultimatum, Exodus, Tourniquet, Toxic Holocaust and Austrian Death Machine! Arnion (Greek for “lamb of God”) brings a full-on assault of metal attitude, but with an intelligent message. This all new Expanded Edition (available previously only as a 13 track import) is digitally remastered and includes the band's seven song 2006 Refuge EP as an added bonus for fans.
KEY SELLING POINTS
**Full print ad and radio promotion campaign
**Thrash metal is more popular then ever appealing to multiple generations of fans, including teens
**For fans of current thrash bands like Sylosis, Warbringer, SSS, Toxic Holocaust and Guillotine
NO LIFE TIL METAL. COM REVIEW by Scott Waters of the band Ultimatum
Arnion - Fall Like Rain (Retroactive) 2009
1. "Intro" (:48)
2. "Visions from Hell" (4:34)
3. "Zombies" (5:04)
4. "Get Ready for the War" (4:39)
5. "Fall Like Rain" (3:09)
6. "Regreat be Healed" (4:27)
7. "Manipulação S.A." (6:38)
8. "Obtenetration" (3:54)
9. "Human Holocaust" (3:54)
10. "Renascitur Ex Cineribus" (1:27)
11. "Whitened Graves" (6:00)
BONUS TRACKS (2006 REFUGE EP)
12. "Prelude" (:57)
13. "Refuge" (4:19)
14. "Steps in the Dark" (5:54)
15. "Atormentado Um" (:28)
16. "Human Holocaust" (3:50)
17. "Inferno" (:23)
18. "Whitened Graves" (5:45)
Brazil has produced some quality metal band in the past. One of the best known is thrashers Sepultura. Arnion are another export of Brazil and these guys follow in the same aggressive footsteps. While the band labels themselves as thrash metal, this is not your typical thrash metal. Rather this is full throttle, unadulterated, coming at you like an out of control freight train, heavy metal.
Over the years heavy metal has fragmented into hundreds of different sub-genres. Likewise, thrash too has become a bit more diverse. Many new bands such as The Haunted and Rumpelstiltskin Grinder are labeled thrash metal, but would probably be better labeled as neo-thrash metal since their sound is not a carbon copy of bands like Exodus, Testament and Kreator. Such is the case with Arnion. Sure, Arnion have some of those classic thrash metal influences. You'll probably even hear some Sepultura influences mixed in here, such as in "Manipulação S.A.", as well as a healthy helping of Bay Area thrash influence. However, there are also some of the heavy, chugging, stop/start riffs and even some punk attitude scattered throughout. For the most part, the songs are all up-tempo to mid-paced, with plenty of distinction from song to song so that the overall album doesn't become one big blurr. Despite being an independent release, the production on "Fall Like Rain" is raw and heavy, with each instrument clearly heard. Basically, Arnion have successfully mixed modern production, articulate guitar riffs, smoking lead work, fast double bass, intelligent lyrics and grappling hooks to create an album that should impress most any metal fan. (It should also be noted that a few of the songs are sung in the band's native language, Portuguese.)
"Fall Like Rain" was originally released in 2008 on Silent Music, the album was picked up for US and European distribution by Retroactive Records that same year and released in 2009. The album was digitally remastered and includes the band's 2003 "Refuge" EP. The EP will most certainly appeal to old school thrash fans. It is slightly less modern sounding than the full length album and has a sound akin to Kreator and Sodom with a bit of old Carcass thrown in or good measure.
SOD MAGAZINE REVIEW
Fall like Rain
Brazil's Arnion (Latin for "Lamb of God") busts some Thrash-Metal chops with
its debut chugger, Fall like Rain. For the most part, these dudes prefer
heaviness over speed, with tracks such as "Zombies" and "Regret be Healed"
giving instruments much room to breathe. Thus the rhythm guitar gets to chug
along, sometimes on its own or with minimum contribution from the rhythm
section, a technique that really worked for me. Percussion is heavy, with
the snare banging away as the lead guitar goes into overdrive with some
smoking fret titillation. Guitars are kept to the rhythm/hook and lead
routine, with both rarely interacting, a bit of a weakness that does not
interfere with the ripping because of the heaviness and intensity of some of
the stellar riffs. The bass also steps up when needed, giving the band a
resounding low end on some of the harder-hitting songs, such as "Get Ready
for the War." Lyrically, these dudes are proponents of Christianity, so a
track like "Zombies" is really about those who have turned away from Jesus
and God. In addition to the 11 tracks that make up Fall like Rain, the CD
contains seven tracks that make up the band's demo/EP Refuge. Thrashers who
like their music to burn slow and heavy should definitely grab hold of this
one, as it will not disappoint.
METAL TO INFINITY REVIEW
METAL TO INFINITY
I felt myself attracted to Thrash Metal since the early 80s - back then we were all witnesses of a this new upcoming genre that brought us full pleasure on headbanging music. All those being there surely know which ones can be considered as the ultimate pioneers in Thrash Metal - please don't get me started making a summary of awesome outfits brought absolutely joyful moments into my life. I shall never forget all those memorable moments... years and decades passed by and more and more Thrash Metal merchants appear - creeps making statements that the scene didn't survive the test of time... well, give them a one way ticket straight back to hell!
New very recommended Thrash Metal is coming from a Brazilian band named Arnion (Greek for Lamb Of God) - formed in 2003 as a four piece entity, shortly after a first EP (actually demo) ''Refuge'' was recorded and five years later on they spoiled us once again with a full length entitled ''Fall Like Rain'' through Silent Music. A 13 track import product it was, American Retroactive Records re-released / digitally remastered the album as a full option 'expanded version'... so you'll get some extra stuff for the right price. The entire 'Fall Like Rain' album plus all the songs from their Demo EP ''Refuge'' are added to the songlist... a very valuable item!!
While start listening to the CD, I immediately had a great feeling - Arnion plays excellent Thrash Metal with a lethal Bay Area feel and that's what I like completely! Inspired by a scene so called 80s / early 90s... after a few songs, I knew that Arnion had the capacities on board to leave many other Thrash Metal acts far behind. I'm a die-hard fan of Bay Area Thrash Metal, maybe that's why I like the album so much... I will say it over and over again - these guys are goddamn brilliant. To compare, I'd like to throw names like Evildead, Mezzrow, Toxic Holocaust, Defiance, Tyrannicide, Testament, Gammacide, Exodus, Atrophy, Sacrilege BC. Every now and than, minor influences from the nowadays Thrash scene linger on but never mind about that... just a few slices, that's all!
Great thrashing vocals, only one guitar player who's a real master in serving awesome, technical riffs / solo works, well fitted combination of both drummer / bassist... pure as can be, Arnion delivers only the very best in Thrash Metal. Maybe the production of the drums should be a little more heavier - the whole look (beautiful artwork!), packaging of the album looks great... 18 excellent tracks to approach your ears like a rushing train. Bay Area Thrash Metal maniacs - these are the songs able to please heart and inner soul: 'Visions From Hell', 'Get Ready For The War', 'Fall Like Rain', 'Regret Be Healed' - to name but a few...
The only left to pen down is a recommendation basically - one last time, I will impose the emphasis that ''Fall Like Rain'' from Brazilian quartet Arnion is highly recommended to all those hooked on the mighty forces of Thrash Metal music with an 80s / early nineties feel mainly. Find out more about the band at: or check out their record label's website to order / listen right HERE. MY POINTS: 94 / 100
ROCK UNITED REVIEW 8 of 10 Rating
Sweet, yet another bone-crushing Thrash/Speed Metal release from the good people at Retroactive Records, generic as heck but pretty darn good none the less. "Fall Like Rain" starts in the traditional thrash/speed way with a slow, upbuilding, intro, before the real horror kicks in with the second track, "Visions From Hell". Quite a vivid discription too and especially since we're talking about christians doing metal music [I refuse to use the term "Christian Music", music will always be 'music' and merely the musicians are christians].
Anyhow, "Visions From Hell" speak lyrically about pain, destruction, hate, mutilated bodies, death, massacre, etc. Obviously with a happy ending (no pun intended) as a 'supreme radiant light' appears infront of the poor soul and thus being saved from hell. It's clearly the home of Slayer and Sepultura (musicwise) and other acts such as Believer and Mortification comes to mind, it's definitely something for the fan of the late 80's sound of the genre.
Nontheless, there's yet another twist to be found as you can pick up some Pro-Pain influences and reading the names of the band members, you'll notice an south american flavor. Whatdoya'know, Arnion hail from the land of Brazil and the Sepultura influences make sense somehow. A positive message at the lower end of scale with speedy, evil, swooping guitars, would be the order of the day. Aggressive vocals and tempo changes are plenty and Pedro Neto's vocals are occasionally clean, but still never far from the throaty bellow of the constantly hungry, cookie monster. It's vocals more in the vein of early Tom Araya though and not the awful screamy stuff of later days Slayer era. Not the most original sounding CD, but I like this a lot actually. Check 'em out at MySpace. Mosh! Mosh!
WHITE THRONE REVIEW by Keven Crothers
Coming at us from South America, specifically, Brazil is Arnion (Greek for ‘lamb of God’). Heavy duty production values with emphasis on massive amounts of “riffage.”
They bring their brand of metal to rest of the world. An assimilation of Bay Area Thrash/Old School Power Metal (Metal Church anyone?) and a healthy dose of punk attitude.
Hitting on all cylinders Arnion starts the disc off with a track aptly titled ‘Visions of Hell’ blasting away with multiple riff and time changes, this is only a prelude of what is to come. One of my favorite songs comes following in ‘Zombies’ a Megadeth influenced style tune that is as heavy as a cement truck. Once again multiple riff and time changes abound.
At times the material does get a bit technical, but for the most part Arnion plays it straight ahead. Several times a heavier old school power metal style emerges such as “Get Ready for War” or the “Whitened Graves”. The songs start in a mid tempo groove but end up moving out like an F-18 on take off from an aircraft carrier. 0-200 mph in 3 seconds.
The disc also includes their 2006 release ‘Refuge’(digitally remastered)which on several tracks a different vocal style, almost death metal like, emerges. In this case the title track ‘Refuge’ sticks out to me. Intense and heavy, I can see the pit moving and the windmills swirling.
Some of the material from ‘Refuge’ was re-recorded for the ‘Falls like Rain’ release. There are some differences that fans will take note of. Listening to both releases the immediate difference is the production. ‘Falls like Rain’ has a bit cleaner sound and heavier guitar tracks. “Human Holocaust” and “Whitened Graves” definitely benefit from the newer production.
There are obviously some Sepultura influences but again Arnion take those and make them their own. This is an album for those who love a Riff. The riff carries the songs and makes them pound and thrash away. Myself I could’ve handled a little more melody or hook in the songs but when stuff hits like this, maybe all that’s needed is a sledgehammer to pound away the rust…… All the pieces are there for a true breakout let’s hope that next release falls in place. Keep Rockin’ till the Final day…..