Hailing from Manitoba Canada, Arcticcircle came to be in 2001. Through a change from Black Metal to Bush Metal, the band have evolved and put themselves away from a scene, with the idea behind it to demonstrate and concentrate on their success. With their new release ‘Where Ice Meets Ocean,’ we are met with a dirty, no s**** given attitude and a gruelling entrance to their album.
Ripping into the introduction to their new release, Cosmic Egg brings a simple yet effective combination of drums, bass and guitar. It reminded me a lot of old Suicidal Tendencies with the vocal style. While it was quite repetitive, that is the style the band perform so it didn’t completely stand out past the introduction.
Big Heavy Door gives a slightly faster feel and a fresh guitar sound compared to the album opener. It has moments during the song where the three instruments get faster and faster, making me wonder if something was chasing someone down and catching up to them. A much better track than the first.
With a whiny guitar opening, some faster heavy drums and a massive scream from vocalist/guitarist Sean Vermentor, Madness Power keeps the enthusiasm in the room and definitely gives the idea that it is a heavy mosh / circle pit song. Tracing through the Jurassic period, keeping away from dinosaurs while you live out in the wild to survive, those were just some of the feelings I felt during the short two and a half minute explosion of Bush Metal.
A deep beatdown-style riff with some very heavy drums opens Change the Wave, and Arcticcircle change it again with the guitar having a sense of life with some small solos throughout the song. While they are slow, they fit the mellow tempo of the song and give it a new edge. Minimal singing within this song, but it isn’t needed as the solos suffice!
Oracle Bones throws itself back into the mix with an upbeat tempo and a slightly heavier aggression level. Double-kicks are present and you could see this song being a crowd-pleaser, especially within the pit. The tempo quickens and ends the song with a bang.
The pace doesn’t slow with Onanole and neither does the anger, while it becomes fairly repetitive like the first. It didn’t connect with me, as I felt it couldn’t grasp the attention as well as the other songs.
Thankfully the song Firebird over Falcon Lake gives a bit more fire and even adds some gruelling solos. It definitely keeps the song alive and gave me hope for a great close to the album.
Coming to an end, Arcticcircle finish with Into One which gave me a very Danzig vibe. With the tempo a bit slower, it wasn’t completely what I was hoping for in an album closer. Nevertheless, the song did deliver some beautiful guitar licks and some smash-happy drumming.
Overall the album is solid, with a few nooks and crannies which may cause a lack of interest at times. An album to listen to when crossing long, Northerly plains and when being chased by dinosaurs. Here’s hoping we hear the boys on Australian soil sometime in the near future. A decent listen for Black / Bush Metal fans alike.
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