Release Date: Sep 24, 2013
Record label: Play It Again Sam
With Biffy Clyro off gallivanting around stadiums, Arcane Roots have made a debut that looks as though it could fill the void of all those disheartened former Biffy fans. After a series of successful EPs, various hype-worthy festival appearances and appearing as the only unsigned band on Kerrang!'s Nevermind Forever cover CD, you could say that Blood & Chemistry is one of the year's more anticpated alt. rock albums.
The first album proper from these post-hardcore rockers from Surrey serves as a lesson in how a British band can unashamedly appropriate a genre more linked to 90s American bands, and make it completely and comfortably their own. And in the tradition of three-pieces that make one helluva racket, Arcane Roots sound much bigger than the sum of their parts, thanks to distortion, dense riffing, and a few big ol’ screaming seshes.With a sound that’s generally pitched between poppy alt. rock and heavy melodic rock, there’s plenty of scope for varying it up.