|Review: Anael - From Arcane Fires|
|From Arcane Fires|
Label: Paragon Records
Year released: 2008
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: January 19, 2009
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
for:From Arcane Fires
Occult Black Metal huh! Well, should be the right anti-Christmas type of thing for me!
Now that the real number of the beast (12-25), or if you prefer bastard's day, is over, it's time to get metalheads back in the swing of things with some very good underground madness, right? Let's start with this third release from Anael, From Arcane Fires. Too bad I couldn't get a hold of their previous album, On Wings of Mercury , which is said to be a "journey deep in the realm of occult". Even if this new work is more direct, it still has a nice mystical atmosphere popping in once and a while, unveiling inspiration from Oriental and esoteric origins. Two Gibson guitars interact to form a highly crushing sound made of cool riffs and distorted arpeggios /leads, over which singer/guitar player Seraphackh makes ghostly rasps/whisper appearances. Mid/annihilating Doom tempos are frequently used to overweight the faster and vicious Black Metal times. Their music could turn progressive with interesting time signatures at times, while other moments show influences from the psychedelic era. One very good example where various influences can be heard is on track # 2, "She Is Ever a Moon", where distorted guitar work and moderate paces collide with Oriental and psychedelic tones in some sort of ritualistic Black Metal arts. A bit of keyboards were used to create an epic feel on this esoteric and bone crushing tune: "Blood and Honey". More Doom times combining haunting leads, fire and ghostly whispers are to be heard on this other great composition, "Mûspilli".
To sum up, From Arcane Fires will not disappoint the true Black Metal souls.
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