Review: Anael – From Arcane Fires [2008]

amazon-anaelDescribed as occult black metal, Anael stretches those boundaries on  FROM ARCANE FIRES. Keeping the riffs raw and the death rasp/tremolo picking combo fully loaded (“All Souls’ Night”), this seven-track endeavor’s tedious and lengthy arrangements give ample opportunities for Anael to do what they do best, which is build colossal movements within its dastardly design such as the sinewy “Muspilli”. Displaying a wealth of progressive tendencies unlike most corpsepainted crews helps this troupe develop a hypnotic majesty that veers into less-traveled extreme metal roads (“Song of the Moth”), offering the average fan a bit more than bargained for. -Mike SOS

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