The Sham Mirrors Review

artist: Arcturus date: 03/03/2010 category: compact discs
Arcturus: The Sham Mirrors
Released: Apr 9, 2002
Genre: Avant-garde metal / Symphonic black metal / Experimental music
Label: The End Records
Number Of Tracks: 7
This album is very unique, and the sound isn't really comparable to any other album, you just have to listen to it to decide whether or not you like it.
 Sound: 10
 Lyrics: 8
 Overall Impression: 9
 Overall rating:
 9.1 
 Reviewer rating:
 9 
 Users rating:
 9.2 
 Votes:
 10 
 Views:
 195 
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overall: 9
The Sham Mirrors Reviewed by: metallicafan616, on march 03, 2010
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Sound: The band mixes genres from all across the metal spectrum, classical, and even some electronic like parts, in songs such as Nightmare Heaven. This is the third full length album of Arcturus, of which most fans are torn over whether this or the previous album - La Masquerade Infernale - is the best album in their discography. This album focuses on having a space like feel, with the first track - Kinetic - showing this perfectly with odd sound effects, guitar tone that sounds like machinery and lyrics themed around extra-terrestrial life (from Arcturus!). Its much easier to pick the worst song than the best on this album, in my opinion it's collapse generation, which has an introduction which gets boring quite quickly. // 10

Lyrics: With Garm on vocals, you know the vocals will be great before listening. Sure, they're not as theatrical as the vocals on LMI, and they aren't bass range vocals anymore, in fact, they're closer to a tenor with some falsettos thrown in. The vocals fit surprisingly well with the music, particularly the 'ghost-voice' in Kinetic and Ad Absurdum. On Radical Cut there are some black metal vocals by Ihsahn of Emperor and...Ihsahn...which are, although very fitting, not perfect by any means. The lyrics often intentionally don't make sense such as on For To End Yet Again or Radical Cut, which can be somewhat annoying. // 8

Overall Impression: This album is very unique, and the sound isn't really comparable to any other album, you just have to listen to it to decide whether or not you like it. The most impressive songs would be Kinetic, Nightmare Heaven and For To End Yet Again. The only thing I dislike about the album is the occasional repetitiveness on tracks such as Radical Cut or Collapse Generation. If it were stolen or lost, I'd buy it again out of rent money - it's truly that good! // 9

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