ARKANE "Enraptured Serene Mesmerism"

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ARKANE "Enraptured Serene Mesmerism"
  • Album: Enraptured Serene Mesmerism
  • Year: 2008
  • Label: SEDUCTION
  • Artist: 
  • Greece

I get the greatest satisfaction when I receive an album directly from the ones composing the music. That’s what happened with ARKANE, as I’ve received the CD the same evening when ARCANA held their Brasov concert, when I also met Arkanum X, along George/AD OMBRA. Clearly, if you know and can enjoy the excellent AD OMBRA project, you’ll certainly like ARKANE too. The one that performed in FIENDISH NYMPH or DAEMONIA NYMPHE now created a new Dark Symphonic Neo-Classical project, one of rapturous beauty! With vertiginous and hallucinating female voices, and with a bombastic keyboard, ARKANE slowly takes us within the mystery of this Greek concept, not necessarily in an original manner, but most definitely with an incredible expressiveness. Reminding me of early ARCANA, with pale ELEND or DIE VERBANNTEN KINDER EVAS influences, ARKANE continues this ambient Dark path in an inspired way! The fact that the sopranos are highly used hides the slight repetition of the tracks’ structure, which would be monotonous as hell without these mermaid-like voices. Yet, it doesn’t mean that the sound is a simplistic one… on the contrary! The sensation is that we are dealing with a complete orchestra filling the atmosphere in a bombastic way, but, at the same time, mysterious… A good album, appropriate for labels like Projekt or Cold Meat Industry!