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THE SHAM MIRRORS

Arcturus

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.14 | 169 ratings

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Everlasting
5 stars This transmission... from a fallen star, otherwise known as Arcturus... Here begins an hymn. Kinetic is a run to the star, dynamic, with lots of keyboards and Garm's finest vocal performance. It keeps on accelerating, until they seem to reach the star, everything fades out and the track closes with a piano outro and a fragile singing, almost crying. Or is just me. Even if it's hard to believe, this song alone already makes the album deserve, well, let's say the 4 first stars. But Arcturus doesn't stop here: Nightmare Heaven and his strange electro middle part, reaching a super jazzy ending, once more dynamic. Then Ad Absurdum, which is a classic, a bit in the LMI spirit. Collapse Generation, super-speedy instrumental with a great calm interlude. Star Crossed, very accessible, with a very nice piano intro. Radical Cut and her awesome keyboard lines, completely post-black metal. And the carnivalesque and 10-minutes long last song: for to end yet again, with its sublime piano intermezzo (water-like notes) and its cool riffs. Oh yeah that's already finished, and hop voilą: a masterpiece. How do they do that? Well don't ge me wrong, this music is complex and needs your full attention. Essential.
Everlasting | 5/5 |

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