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Review: Infinity - The Arcane Wisdom of Shadows
The Arcane Wisdom of Shadows

Label: Bloodred Horizon Records
Year released: 2008
Duration: 54:40
Tracks: 11
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: December 17, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Readers Rating
The Arcane Wisdom of Shadows

Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (3 Votes)

This is the first time, thanks to Bloodred Horizon Records, that I have the opportunity to listen and review the music of this duo from The Netherlands, Infinity. No newcomer as such, since these guys have been releasing a couple of demos, and a series of albums between 1998 and 2005.

The Arcane Wisdom of Shadows is not just only a great title and cover art, since the music also suits perfectly the mood of the art being illustrated on the cover. You can even hear some sort of monk chant and church bells in a couple of spots, increasing the atmosphere level. Do not worry though; this is no Christian Black Metal crap, thanks Satan! You won't go to heaven and freeze with the angels for having listened this new opus. I'm usually not too fond of the furious type of Black Metal, but with The Arcane Wisdom of Shadows, I have to say that I actually fell for it this time around. First of all, the pace is not savagely furious, and variation is often present. Secondly, the sound production is very good, allowing us to clearly hear all the instruments, harmonies and the different type of drumming, not confined to the blast beat and double basses. Thirdly, Infinity makes a crafty use of samplings, besides having the great idea to incorporate acoustic guitars to their Satanic structure. The vocals of multi-instrumentalist Baldragon Xul (vocals, drums, bass and guitars) are a super ghostly discrete rasp, which goes hand in hand with Infinity's musical direction.

Another great Black Metal release filled with excellent compositions like: "From the Eternal Sea He Rises", "The Rise of Azazel" and "Stare Into the Void". Make sure that you keep an eye on this duo.

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