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The Arcane Order – Cult Of None Review

Band: The Arcane Order
Album: Cult Of None
Label: Massacre Records
Genre: Thrash Metal
Country: Denmark
Release Date: September 25th, 2015

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Thrash usually goes along with a classic rough-end type of tongue. The usuals from decades ago would appear to be candlelights for those who wants to succeed in combining chunky riffs with husky, renegade lyrics. The sea of metal has become a bit difficult for most bands to stand out as the king of the fish. Meet The Arcane Order and their third child, Cult of None. It’s almost everything you wanted from a good thrash metal group with a slightly different but resplendent way of mixing everything we love about this music.

Reviver comes off as an epic opening track. One thing that seamlessly never fails from this point on are the drum parts by Morten Sorensen. It almost always has the right flavor for Kasper Kirkegaard’s crunches, who respectively played the bass on this album as well. Around the 7th minute-mark, it jives you with a realization that Flemming Lund’s righteous lead moods helps you drift away to a world of archaic blood-soaked souls. Excellent, as you might say, since we still have 7 more tracks to enjoy with. A short marching snare is followed by a devious blasting riff with Exo Reign. Anyone who would think of getting to a hive full of god-eating serpents should pack their audio bags with this song. It’s tempting to soak yourself within the regular-gallop parts of the song and as unpredictable as the song’s flow is, it really stops the sun from setting. Will it hold on? So far, it’s been a good job.

Ahab is an awesome name. It feels like this should’ve been the opening track with its solid introductory groove. And then hell breaks loose on your ears as the thunder just rams as fast it can inside your ear drums. The next one will suck you in as Void Maker takes you back to a more classic feel. It’s a bloody welcoming tear to our eyes to hear those clear minor passages and that well-deserved space for guitar solos put to good use in the hands of our generation.

Waves of Trance isn’t about smooth sailing. As the previous track fades out to welcome us for the second half of the album, this goes straight to the wall of death. The bright side of this section is that it prepares you for the warmth and all that fuzzy stuff (if it ever exists with horn-raising, that is) with Faith Eater. What makes this possibly the strongest track in the album is the fact that everything from the transition to dissonance within the two-minute mark to the mid-section makes your head spin in a righteous way. The heavy trills with the guitars are just pleasant to the ears and the dual guitar melody before the last two minutes is just strikingly captivating. So this is how you make an amazing song and put it in the middle of a basket.

The seventh key to unlocking the wonders of The Arcane Order is a track called Hesperian. This might just be the core/groove offering of this release. It greets you with a somewhat moody and western vibe and it just wants to destroy anything in its path with its undeniably cool riff. Too bad we only get to experience it a little more than a couple of times. Finally, Sun Grave covers all that light from your room and closes all windows for an epic closure. Or so what we might think when it comes to what the band wanted since the song writing level with this one has an aphelion as far as our where our guess goes to.

One can’t help but feel a little more needy when it comes to the lead guitar areas here. It’s understandable that for some metal structures, it’s important to dissect everything once everything has been fortified and mold it into how the band wants it for the final form but Lund’s charm has been taken out a bit. The percussive elements seem to be on top of all mixes and while it does sound perfected and crisp, a little volume from the strings wouldn’t hurt overall. It’s also strange that the final mix for Ahab did not highlight the steel parts as shown from their official drum-cam video, a bit ironic since this review initially wanted to emphasize on the strength of the percussive elements. The fifth track seems to be on the weaker side of their compositions as well, judging by how it sounds compared to the other songs with stand-out moments and Hesperian needs some more backbone or it probably would’ve been better if the verse motives were exploited more. Overall, the signatures were clear but devoid of any clear objectives for their marketed listeners.

Nevertheless, The Arcane Order seems to have carved their own metal tomes to command the next wave of ‘Tallicas and ‘Deths, ready to smash the old gods out of existence. It’s a widely regarded point of opportunity for most bands to excel and ascend into recording heaven and we’ll be looking forward to get this band out there and do some justice with some shows and hopingly a fourth album.

Rating: 7.5/10

Tracklist:
1. Reviver
2. Exo Reign
3. Ahab
4. Void Maker
5. Waves of Trance
6. Faith Eater
7. Hesperian
8. Sun Grave

Total Playing Time: 58:21

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