Beyond the Grasp of Mortal Hands

NSP 175 :  Arctos -  Beyond the Grasp of Mortal Hands DigiCD

Release date: September 20th, 2019

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 Path (10:43)
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)

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"Man 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! PFLICHTKAUF!!!"
9/10 -

"Overall, 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 -

"Arctos 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 -

"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 -