I've got MS of Glorious North Productions to thank for this little EP. While GNP didn't release it, the label has distributed the CD release for one-man County Durham black metal band Arcane North. Arcane North (William) began making music in 2013 and Enter The Arcane North was released in June of this year and was limited to just forty copies. There's not much else to say, apart from that the picture at the top of the review, isn't the actual CD cover, though the background image is the same.
1. Ravenous And Cavernous
2. Eternal Forest Waltz
3. Beneath The Crooked Oak
Knowing the sort of bands that have been released by Glorious North Productions (many of whom have been reviewed here before), the fact that the label has been involved in this release comes a no surprise. Arcane North is honest and grand solo black-metal. EP opener Ravenous And Cavernous is initially filled with a wall of guitar, before the drums and atmospheric effects are added to the mix. The vocals are rasping screams and there are medieval textures throughout, which bring to mind the cold and bleak countryside that provides the background to the song. It’s an engaging initial listen and the twin-guitar melodies are a really nice touch.
EP opener Ravenous And Cavernous is streaming via Arcane North's Soundcloud page below:-
Physical CD's can be purchased via Glorious North Productions here - http://www.gloriousnorth.co.uk/products-page/cds/arcane-north-enter/
Arcane North Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ArcaneNorth
Glorious North Productions Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Glorious-North-Productions