Arcanourum Astrum are a band from Russia that plays a very symphonic form of black metal with elements of death metal and this is a review of their 2012 album "Nop3pehne" which was released by MSR Productions.
The album starts out with a dark and demonic sounding intro which also utilizes some symphonic sounding and ritualistic passages and then the album goes into a more symphonic black metal direction along with some melody and a mixture of black and death metal vocals and at times there are some blast beats being utilized and when bass and clean guitars brought in they enhance the dark and evil qualities of the record.
As the album progresses the music starts getting more brutal and you can also hear a great amount of old school death metal influences being added in and when solos are added in you can hear a great amount of traditional metal elements and at times melodic vocals are also added in and after awhile there is a small amount of electronic music being added in for a few seconds and the ritualistic parts also make a return and one the last song they do a Death cover and add a symphonic black metal twist to it.
Arcanourum Astrum show a great amount of talent and skill on this album and take take symphonic and melodic black metal and mix in a great amount of death metal influences while also sounding more evil than other bands that play this genre of music.
Song lyrics cover Satanism, Luciferian, Darkness and Occult themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording.
In my opinion Arcanorum Astrum are a very great sounding symphonic black metal band with elements of death metal and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Warrior Of the Dark" "Chaos War" "The Way to Myself" and "Without judgement". 8/5 out of 10.