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Review: Arckanum - Helvitismyrkr

Label: Season Of Mist
Year released: 2011
Duration: 48:45
Tracks: 9
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: March 1, 2012
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 4.77/5 (95.38%) (13 Votes)

There are no big surprises on this new album by Arcknanum. Mostly fast, raw Black Metal that packs a lot of punch. Despite the basic rawness, this is not under-produced, and there are also a lot of more melodic moments to be heard on here, to the point where some of it is instantly catchy.

Musically this is not really all that different from dozens of other Black Metal bands; this is gimmick-free Black Metal done well. The essence of the album is more into its atmosphere, which is a good cross between "dark and evil" and melancholic – not quite depressing, but definitely not something to lift your spirits on a gloomy day. The vocals are raspy and not overpowering, even a bit on the monotone side of things, but a perfect complement to the music. Unfortunately they chose to end the album with a 13-minutes track, and the second half of it is just silence, which is fucking retarded. Other than that, this is basically some solid Black Metal by a band that has nothing to prove.

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