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Storms by Amarna Reign This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By Jayfatha, Romeoville, IL

Amarna Reign wants so badly to be popular. You can see it in just about everything – the constant chugging, the clean choruses, the vocal effects, the occasional use of electronics, and even the album art – it's as if they're on a mission to be the safest metalcore band ever. Once in a while you hear a riff or a lead that makes you think, Man, these guys could do so much better. But instead they've taken the generic route on their second album, “Storms,” to make sure they don't scare any potential buyers away with progression or creativity.

Little to no improvement has been made from their debut album, “Atonement,” other than that they've noticeably increased the amount of breakdowns and chugs. More often than not, there's some kind of chugging going on, which is just one of the things that make this album so dull.

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