ArcticCircle – Where Ice Meets Ocean (2018)

ArcticCircle

Where Ice Meets Ocean

Self-Released/Independent

I know this won’t surprise anyone, but ArticCircle certainly have changed from the days of Witchfire Whirlpool. They changed from black metal to post-doom, sounding very different from anything I had previously expected, but I may have mentioned this before. It’s obvious that these guys have gone a new direction and it’s not all that bad. The band sound quite thick here, with a mostly hefty bass end that backs a rather loud and slightly obnoxious shout. That seems to be the only part of the record that I don’t like though, as I would have rather the frontman utilized those harsh grunts more than his shouts on the disc. Slight sections of what the band used to be manage to appear here and there, but it seems like this mixture of early post metal and hardcore are the rule of law for these guys in 2018 and that’s fine. We’ve all matured over the years and changing musical styles in sometimes apart of that journey. Hell, I considered doing a dark hip hop recording just a week ago. I was listening to an Arathgoth release in which the medieval synths sounded to me like they would have gone great with a couple of beats added to them. Then lyrics started rolling into my head. Pretty quickly, I might say. Getting back to the album, I noticed that within this mix of hardcore and thunderous post/doom we also have some rather trippy moments here and there, as well as few solos that can’t quite be denied. The record is admittedly pretty short and could be mistaken for an EP, but it still feels like a rough effort that could use a bit of polish here and there. I’m sure that some other reviewers are going to criticize the record for being a bit haphazard in areas and sounding mostly like a man buried under fuzz, but I’ve noticed that there’s actually something to this and they might be able to branch out a bit more if they somehow incorporated that early black metal sound into it. I’m not sure how, but it would definitely be rather intriguing to hear black metal flowing into this mix of trippy post/doom and hardcore. Check it out at the link below.

(8 Tracks, 25:00)

6/10

Purchase HERE (Bandcamp)

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