Thursday, March 25, 2010

Initial Impressions: Arckanum: ÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞ

First things first: I am not even going to begin to try to tell you what the hell the name of this album is. I have no idea. Also each song starts off with that same symbol. I don't even know what the symbol is. Stupid black metal bands. Stupid unpronounceable symbols.

Okay, now that that is out of the way, it's time to look at Arckanum. But first, history lesson time boys and girls. Grab a slab of the magic storytelling carpet.

Dissection is the most famous Swedish black metal band. They are equally infamous offstage. Jon Nodtveidt is one of a handful of black metal musicians who spent some serious time in prison. Nodtveidt spent time for murder. But, that's not the point. The point is that ever since Nodtveidt went off to prison, we have been inundated with metal media referrals to various Swedish black metal bands as "The Next Dissection". Dissection was very influential, mixing black metal, thrash, and melodic death metal. There have been numerous pretenders to the throne. Watain is one of the most recent.

Which brings us to Arckanum.

As if you couldn't figure out, Arckanum is another band lovingly referred to in some circles as "The Next Dissection". I can kind of see it. I mean, I don't think this band is definitely "The Next Dissection" but they possess some qualities that I suppose eases the loss of that great band.

Arckanum's brand of melodic-tinged black metal features swirling tremolo riffs, blasting drums, and Shamaatae's Nodtveidt-esque vocals. This is a great black metal album. I may have to check out more of their stuff.

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