“ Artist: Arckanum / Genre: Hard Rock & Metal „
Arckanum is the black metal one-man project of Sweden's Shamaatae, and this E.P. follows a comparatively melodic black metal approach, with frequent lead guitar riffs and even a black metal rarity in the form of a catchy, yell-along, titular chorus in the first song. That said, this is no more accessible to mainstream listeners than other black metal, particularly as the 7" E.P. was limited to five-hundred hand-numbered copies.
These two songs evidently form part of an incomplete suite, but are different enough to warrant inclusion opposite each other in this fashion. 'Bafomet' is a fun rip-snorter of a black metal anthem, complete with a death metal style chorus and a duologue between desperate spoken word pleas answered by black metal growls, while 'Vm Kaos, Gatvm Ok Kosmos' is somewhat darker and moodier with slower riffs from the onset, though equally as energetic as its predecessor. There's a greater emphasis on lead guitar here in typical speedily-plucked black metal style that avoids being distracting by resting comfortably atop the similar existing riffs, and of the two this is the slightly more complex, in comparison to Bafomet's relative radio-friendless (that would nevertheless never happen).
1. Capitvlvm IV: Bafomet
2. Capitvlvm I: Vm Kaos, Gatvm Ok Kosmos