Beyond the Grasp of Mortal Hands
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Arctos - Beyond the Grasp of Mortal Hands DigiCD
Release date: September
Arctos is the voice of the mountains, the call
of the rising wild.
Inspired by the Godless wastelands of Northern Alberta as well as the
jagged monoliths of the Canadian Rockies, Arctos brings together a
unique blend of sounds to craft a form of Black Metal rife with
atmosphere and melody. Formed in 2014 by a group of veteran musicians,
Arctos is well steeped in musical tradition.
With the 2017 release of their debut EP “A Spire Silent”, Arctos
stepped into the light after almost three years of writing in secret.
Arctos was finally unleashed upon the public and laid waste with their
brand of savage Northern Black Metal.
In September 2019, after years of successful shows and touring across
Western Canada, Arctos finally release their debut full length “Beyond
the Grasp of Mortal Hands” and continue to set their sights ever higher.
The first pressing of the CD
comes as Collectors Edition in Digipack with 12-page booklet,
limited to 500 copies.
1. The Ancestor’s
2. Shattered Tomb (6:33)
3. Somnos Aeternus (7:43)
4. The Spectre (1:17)
5. Autumn’s Herald… Interitus (8:24)
6. A Realm Beyond (5:44)
7. The Light Beyond The Sky (The Passage II) (7:32)
hört zu jeder Zeit unverkennbar heraus, wie groß die Begeisterung für
den Melodic Black Metal der Neunziger ist, aber man ruht sich nicht
darauf aus, sondern erschafft ein absolut für sich selbst stehendes
Klangbild, was nicht nur die Einzigartigkeit fördert, sondern auch ein
Album hervorgebracht hat, wie es das in diesem Jahr noch nicht gab und
wohl auch kein zweites Mal geben wird. „Beyond the grasp of mortal
hands“ ist somit der beste Beweis dafür, dass das Genre auch ohne
Retro-Gewandung funktioniert und für die nächste Generation an Fans und
Bands weiterentwickelt werden kann. Ich bin schwer begeistert!
9/10 - www.blacksalvation.de
this was an experience, not just an album. When they talked about them
being experienced musicians, it shows. They crafted a unique take on
the genre, and it propelled the album forward. Various blends and
twists along the way, added with doses of atmosphere and more ambient
moments really made the album as strong as it was. It’s Black Metal at
its core, but it’s so much more. “Beyond the Grasp of Mortal Hands” is
the soundtrack for Canadian Black Metal."
9/10 - www.metal-temple.com
operate in a manner that is both straightforward and successful,
switching between three distinct modes whenever necessary: the first,
which forms the core of their sound, is a style of melodic black metal
that feels particularly indebted to the chug-heavy style of melodeath
popularized in the mid-to-late aughts; the second is a more atmospheric
take on black metal that smacks of modern acts like Saor or labelmates
Can Bardd; the third is the sorts of neo-folky, synth- and acoustic
instrument-heavy intros, outros, and interludes that tend to form a
notable constituent of both of the black metal styles that make up the
heavy part of this triptych sound. [...] Arctos just genuinely have
trimmed away a lot of fat, found the excellent beating heart of melodic
black metal, and used it to craft some truly stellar moments on Beyond
the Grasp. [..] they have two amazing things going for them: their
ability to create something incredibly tactile, vibrant, and alive out
of sounds that have been done to death, and their talent in evoking all
the ice and frigidity of black metal on every song. Beyond the Grasp of
Mortal Hands may not be a new high bar for the genre, but as far as
debuts go, it’s strong as hell and shows a band that knows exactly what
they’re doing. I have a hunch we’re gonna be seeing Arctos in the big
leagues in the near future."
98/100 - www.musika.be
"Arctos are a very
great sounding melodic black metal
band and if you are a fan
of this musical genre, you should
check out this album."
8/10 - occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com