Just as you begin wondering
whether Arcturian will be an electronical remix of an old album,
the tone of "Arcturian",
the song, changes to avant-garde arcturian metal
sounds of old and soon after, ICS Vortex's vocals
soar up, all 70's like. Arcturus' joker has just fooled you
There is a vintage hard rock touch over the
whole album. Arcturian is groovy and old-school, it is crazy and
renewing, it is melodic and progressive, it is varied and harmoniously balanced,
it is simply overwhelming and inspiring.
Arcturian is true to the style developed by Arcturus,
especially since their 1995 release, La Masquerade Infernale.
In itself it is not so daring, because Arcturus have done it
all, and on Arcturian, they do it with more
style than ever.
For me, they are coming a long way since their last release in 2005,
Sideshow Symphonies, that no matter my
personal meaning, has granted Arcturus with many
awards and enhanced their popularity. After several
listens, I'm starting to hear some flashbacks to the above mentioned release,
but at the same time, Arcturian draws a link to Arcturus'
debuts in terms of fuzziness of sound and melodies.
Let's hope Arcturus themselves (guitarist
Knut Magne might be the one) will be standing for the soundcheck on tour.
Otherwise, I'm more than ready to welcome the Arcturian vessel.