Like all of
Arckanum's albums, Fenris kindir,
eighth release of the one man band is not the kind of record you will play as
background music while doing something else. This is music that requires
attention and concentration.
One reason for this is that the necro sound craves several listenings to
percieve all the details in the music. The novice listener might find them
difficult to distinct at once and focus on the foggy riffs entertwining with
guttural vocals from the other side. The thing is Arckanum's
sound anchors in a tradition of the darkest, reminding of old Darkthrone,
Entombed, Aura Noir and stands the test of time alongside so many of those good
old school black metal bands. The fact that horns, violins and contrasting
female vocals are contributing to the sound landscape of Fenris
Kindir is extremely enriching.
Another reason you owe to drop whatever you are doing while listening to
Fenris Kindir, besides the fact that it is a foul habit to
listen to music inadvertently playing in the background, is that the story frame
behind the music requires your attention and knowing of it will enhance your
experience of the album. Fenris kindir is a concept
album, ode to the Norse mythological wolf Fenrir that will swallow sun and moon
when the end of time comes.
Every track on the album is referring to the myth behind it. Is Arckanum's
music managing to illustrate it properly? The answer is a personal
interpretation and in my case the answer is: yes, largely. Grab
Fenris kindir and check it out for yourself!