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Arvorar – Fragments of Solitude (2012)

Arvorar - Fragments of Solitude

1. Diffuse Winter Sun
2. Esquecimento
3. Forlorn
4. Trepidation
5. Angústia
6. Last Tree
7. Aimless

In the last few days I’ve been listening to a lot of black metal and ambient with a certain space feeling. Darkspace, Alraxis, Cold Womb Descent and stuff like that. During my research for new material I stumbled upon a split release with Arvorar, Carcharoth Λ.V. and The Descent of the Sun (“And The Stars Obtain The Beauty Of The Forlorn”). The opening track of Arvorar (‘Distante Obscurecer’) immediately caught my attention because of the excellent blend of harsh black metal and soothing ambient music. Curious as I am, I started searching for other releases of the band and finally found “Fragments of Solitude” on the label’s Bandcamp (Domestic Genocide). Although this release doesn’t have the same vast, eerie atmosphere as the aforementioned track, it’s overall a pretty damn good album. The songs are very melancholic and longing, mostly thanks to the very well used synthesizers. The guitars and drums create a very fuzzy and monotonous soundscape whilst the synths add nuances of melody without sounding cheesy. Also, I really like the pure ambient tracks that support the overall atmosphere. “Fragments of Solitude” is a very solid release but unfortunately it is not much more than that. It lacks some really outstanding tracks that make you go “Damn, I want to listen to that song again!”. Nevertheless a clear recommendation for anyone who likes atmospheric black metal with an ambient touch (e.g. All the Cold, Paysage d’Hiver or Karg).

Brazil, 2012
Atmospheric Black Metal/Ambient