Album 0289: Arcturus – Sideshow Symphonies

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Release Date: 2005
Genre: Avant-garde Black Metal

Tracklisting:

1. Hibernation Sickness Complete (05:03)
2. Shipwrecked Frontier Pioneer (08:33)
3. Deamonpainter (05:34)
4. Nocturnal Vision Revisited (05:16)
5. Evacuation Code Deciphered (06:16)
6. Moonshine Delirium (07:10)
7. White Noise Monster (03:55)
8. Reflections (03:41)
9. Hufsa (05:07)

Total Length: 50:34

Hibernation Sickness Complete has a great buildup in the song, and once the metal part starts it sounds absolutely natural and awesome to hear. I also love the vocals on the track. Shipwrecked Frontier Pioneer is similarly great, it has everything I loved in the first song in it as well. The only issue is that there was a mastering error here, causing this track to noticeably drop in volume compared to the first song, as well as a glitch, a digital ‘pop’ at the end of the track. Really annoying.

Deamonpainter seems to be back at normal volume, and is a very good song as well. Nocturnal Vision Revisited has some great guitar stuff, probably the heaviest song so far honestly. Also it’s kind of funny that a lot of these track titles seem to have taken influence from Dimmu Borgir, the whole three semi-related words deal. Evacuation Code Deciphered is fantastic as well, there has not been a bad track thus far.

Moonshine Delirium continues the trend of being great. It’s kind of tough for me to point out specifics though. In this song I did like some of the synth usage though. White Noise Monster is probably the most straight-forward track. It’s pretty great, not sure how you could dislike it. Reflections has an odd intro but the rest of the song is quite good. Hufsa is a bit different, mostly a slower song. The end is kind of sudden but good. Basically this is a pretty great album. Not as fierce as the band’s previous stuff, but I’m okay with that. I really should listen to it more, I’d kind of forgotten how good it is.

Final Rating: 8.5/10

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