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3.82 | 272 ratings | 5 reviews | 27% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2015

Songs / Tracks Listing

CD 1 - Known (71:57)
1. Promise (Part 2) (8:53)
2. Unturning (8:25)
3. Instinct (7:01)
4. Womb (In Memoriam) (2:26)
5. Selfsame (8:24)
6. Holding Atropos (4:10)
7. Keeping Stone: Sound on Fire (9:22)
8. Learned (23:16)

CD 2 - Learned (50:08)
9. Hunter, Heart & Home (7:47)
10. Little Burden (7:47)
11. Impatience and Slow Poison (7:02)
12. Known (2:51)
13. Nightingale's Weave (8:32)
14. Eyes for the Change (6:19)
15. Keeping Stone: Water Awake (7:35)
16. Promise (Part 1) (2:15)

Total Time 122:05

Line-up / Musicians

- Jim Grey / vocals, acoustic guitar
- Michael Gagen / acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin
- Matthew Martin / piano, organ, Mellotron, keyboards
- Adrian Goleby / bass (1-8)
- Mick Millard / bass (9-16)
- Blake Coulson / drums, percussion, electronic drums

Releases information

Artwork: Chris Stevenson-Mangos with Andrew Saltmarsh

2CD Bird's Robe Records ‎- BRR066 (2015, Australia)

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ARCANE Known/Learned ratings distribution

(272 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(27%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(34%)
Good, but non-essential (30%)
Collectors/fans only (7%)
Poor. Only for completionists (1%)

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Review by Second Life Syndrome
4 stars 4.5 stars

Australian prog will soon rule the world. I'm convinced of this. There are so many wonderful progressive bands coming out of Australia right now, but, for my money, Arcane is the greatest of all. Arcane crowdfunded this new album "Known/Learned", and, what an album it is!! As you may have suspected, "Known/Learned" is a double album of epic proportions, complete with a darkness/light theme, a heavy disc (Known) and a softer one (Learned), and emotional lyrics. Indeed, the insights explored lyrically in this album are quite heavy and deep. So, this being their third album, how does Arcane fare? Can they really pull off an album in excess of 130 minutes?

The answer is a definitive "yes". I'm incredibly impressed with the grace, maturity, and compositional tightness with which this massive album was created. The band is: Jim Grey on vocals, Michael Gagen on guitars, Matt Martin on keyboards, and Blake Coulson on drums. Due to losing their bassist, the band recruited the bassists from Dead Letter Opener and Ne Obliviscaris to record the bass lines. Anyways, these musicians are clearly talented on a high level. Michael's guitars are stuttering brilliance, and the rhythm sections on both albums are massive successes, especially Blake's mad drumming. Jim's vocals, however, are on a level of their own. This guy has the range, the tone, and the lungs to out-sing just about anyone. From quiet, beauteous moments to blaring monuments, Jim Grey makes this double album work. Need convincing? Listen to "Womb".

Arcane has a rather distinctive sound that carries on in this double album. On "Known", soaring melodies crash straight into hefty riffs and incredible polyrhythmic instrumentals with results that aren't quite metal, but could certainly be called that. "Known" is a joy from start to finish, with an opening track that grabs your attention, "Promise [Part 2]". In fact, when my wife and I heard it for the first time, we looked at each other in jawdropping amazement. "Known" starts out, then, with definitive, perfect Arcane---exactly what we were hoping. The album continues on with solid tracks, including the amniotic silence of "Womb" and the greatness of the 20+ minute epic "Learned". In fact, the latter has one of the best closing five minutes that I've heard in some time. Catchy, impressive on a technical level, and always sublime, "Known" is near to a masterpiece. If I have any complaints, it is that the album may drag a bit in some of the longer tracks, but that is nitpicking at best.

"Learned" is a much different album. Dropping the technical feats of the previous album, "Learned" explores a more human, delicate side to the band. In fact, it's much more relatable and personal, as the band isn't hiding behind a wall of sound, so to speak. The album begins strongly with "Hunter, Heart & Home", featuring a consistent and addictive melody. Other strong tracks include "Nightingale's Weave", which loops and spins around your mind precariously; and "Impatience and Slow Poison", which has that slow building effect that can be so incredible. "Learned" is a strong album by itself, and it honestly doesn't need "Known" at all.

Had Arcane given me either "Known" OR "Learned" for my hard-earned cash, I would have been immensely satisfied. As it is, the band has given me two incredible albums that will certainly top their previous albums in my mind. It isn't often that one can find a band with such finesse and maturity in playing combined with top-notch vocals and deep lyrics. Arcane really is the full package, and I hope that the inspiration keeps flowing freely.

Review by Mellotron Storm
3 stars This is the latest album for the Australian, Heavy-Prog band ARCANE. It's a double album and man this is long at over 2 hours. This would have been a triple album back in the day and for me way too long. The first album alone is 72 minutes but it's really good and I probably would give it 4 stars if it was on it's own but it's not. The second album kills this for me as we get 50 minutes of ballad-like music with crooning vocals and I could not get through this one disc in one sitting, I found it very frustrating.

I'll focus therefore on the first disc called "Known". "Promise (Part 2)" hits the ground running until it calms right down when the laid back vocals arrive. Contrasts will continue between the uptempo and relaxed sections. "Unturning" has a nice guitar intro, very IRON MAIDEN-like. Vocals join in along with drums as the intricate guitar lines continue. Riffs and heaviness 2 minutes in as the tempo and mood changes continue. "Instinct" is different with the abundance of piano as the heaviness comes and goes. I really like the heaviness with synths before 4 1/2 minutes. "Womb(In Memoriam)" is a short vocal track.

"Selfsame" sounds really good when it kicks into gear around 1 1/2 minutes, it's quite emotional. Heavy guitar 4 minutes in as it becomes all instrumental. Great section! Vocals are back 5 1/2 minutes in. "Holding Atropos" is mellow with reserved vocals and I love the picked guitar 2 minutes in. It's an okay track overall. "Keeping Stone: Sound On Fire" sounds really good when it kicks in hard after a minute. A silent calm 6 minutes in as sparse sounds can be faintly heard. It's not long before they are kicking ass once again. "Learned" is the over 23 minute closer of disc one. It starts off with faint vocals and some atmosphere as it builds. Vocals after 3 minutes and check out the guitar a minute later. Nice. I like the vocals 6 1/2 minutes in. It settles with Spanish sounding guitar 11 minutes in. This lasts for over 1 1/2 minutes then it kicks back in. The vocals will come and go as themes are repeated. Great track.

I can hear why some people are going gaga over this with the excellent vocals and lights out instrumental work, but I can't go higher than 3 stars when evaluating this recording as a whole.

Latest members reviews

4 stars Being from Australia I have been able to closely follow the career of Arcane since their early days with the release of Ashes back in 2007. Like many others I was blown away by their sophomore effort 'Chronicles of the Waking Dream', but it was really just a stepping stone for the band. Their be ... (read more)

Report this review (#1368959) | Posted by Hrvat | Saturday, February 14, 2015 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Australia + Toolism + Prog + Double Album + ... = Arcane! Yes, the band that back in 2009 released the monumental "Chronicles of the Waking Dream" and 6 years later we can finally get the answer to the question "Could they release something better?" Well I will tell you what they did: They delivere ... (read more)

Report this review (#1363319) | Posted by Sophocles | Friday, February 6, 2015 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Double albums are honestly one of the biggest double-edged swords in the music world. When this album was announced, during Arcane's crowd-funding campaign, I was a bit skeptical of its quality. For starters, both the previous Arcane records could have been cut shorter, and as a general rule ... (read more)

Report this review (#1344901) | Posted by Gallifrey | Monday, January 12, 2015 | Review Permanlink

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