“Antikosmos” by Arckanum

Artist: Arckanum
Title: “Antikosmos”
Label: Moribund Records
Release Date: 9/9/2008
Style: Black Metal/Atmospheric Metal
Rating: 3.5/5

According to my references it has been about ten years since we had a studio album from the Swedish Black Metal stalwarts Arckanum and the bands mastermind Johan Lahger so that makes “Antikosmis” somewhat of an important event for the genre. I did go into this release with a little bit of a curiosity as back during their heyday I wasn’t really following the genre all that much. Yet as time progressed I found myself digging into the likes of Emperor, Immortal and Dimmu Borgir and from them all was able to better enjoy a powerful release such as this one. The band is led by Lahger, who goes by Shamaatae, and is a musician who holds an early association with a band that would become At The Gates eventually. It’s straight forward Black Metal with a lot of Atmospheric overtones and interestingly enough the entire piece is written in Old Swedish, so unless you speak the language don’t be thinking that you will be able to follow this one with any ease. Despite the language barrier this is right up the alley for those fans of Atmospheric Black Metal and especially other bands like Watain, and Darkthrone who deliver a more traditional style of the genre.

Watain’s own Sethians Teitan offers up some guest guitar and vocals on the album which has primarily been recorded by Lahger. It begins with the musician apparently denouncing something in this tongue before “Svarti” kicks into gear. “Dauomellin” reminded me a little of old Gorgoroth but only in the manner of which the instruments were being delivered and not in the vocals. It is a really powerful release that will thunder out of your speakers and deliver your residence to dark and insidious surroundings without question. I have to say that while new to the band on the whole that I did enjoy this one and wished that I had some translated liner notes to learn exactly what the subject matter was speaking about. It is a release that is bound to be welcome in the sinister hearts of all the bands original followers and those new acolytes of true Black Metal. If this is the path on which you wander be sure to check out this one.

Track List:
1. Svarti
2. Dauomellin
3. Rokulfargnyr
4. Blota Loka
5. Nakjeptir
6. Eksortna
7. Su Vitran
8. Formala

Official Website: http://www.moribundcult.com
Official Website: http://www.arckanum.se

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