After two EPs the Polish band Archangelica, founded in 2004, releases their debut album. On "Like A Drug" the five musicians present nine spherical melodic pieces, which have a lot to discover. After the pastoral instrumental opener "Into Unknown" the tour continues with massive guitar riffs in medium tempo towards Katatonia and Anathema. Unfortunately frontman Krzysiek Sałapa can't always keep up. His singing seems a bit insecure and too sterile to convince in the long run. "The Journey," he's pretty much pulling it down. Further failures are the poppy "Midnight Train" and the partly trivial "Confession", which at least scores with its guitar solo. But in other pieces the archangels are able to convince with a successful mixture of hardness, melody and sweet melancholy. So "Like A Drug" has light and shadow. And thus provides the hope that the band will be able to breathe the air they have upwards in the future.
Top track: When All Is Gone