Arckanum - _Kampen_
(Necropolis, 1998)
by: Adam Wasylyk (2 out of 10)
When I come across someone who hates black metal, I wonder which bands the individual came across that would cause such an extreme sentiment towards this particular sub-genre of metal. Arckanum could very well be forming deep seeded hatred for black metal in people all around the world as I write this. All I hear on _Kampen_ is badly written/recorded music, with vocals equally as bad. Also thrown into the mix are various nature sounds (like birds chirping, for example), a total gimmick so you can tell Arckanum apart from the other clowns who play similar shit. The biggest kick to the balls for me was the 70+ minutes I had to endure while reviewing this. Arckanum's debut CD _Fran Marder_ showed some promise, so I'm forced to ask myself "what happened?" And I'm sure that later it'll be pointed out to me that Arckanum play "true" black metal. The only thing "true" about this is that people will go out and buy this, no matter how many times they've been warned. Yes indeed, sad but true.

(article published 8/7/1998)

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