Vancouver-based Arkadia (comprised of the duo of Dirge and Sol) was formed in the year 2000 and adopted the black metal lyricism style. The band’s demo-CD of 2001 comprised of four songs and was issued in 2001. The group banded together with UK’s Nigrescent for a split release in 2002. The band issued its own self-titled full-length in the same year. New releases were then halted despite the band’s professed continued existence.
ARKADIA/NIGRESECNT - ANOTHER DYING SLOWLY - BLACKTHRONE
Another CD with a morbidly appropriate presentation arrives at the gates of Metallian Towers. This time it is a split release with a different arrangement. While most split CDs on the market have the participating bands take turns, Blackthrone alternates the tracks between the English and the Canadian acts. It's better musically to listen to and hell of a pain to review! Hell and pain appropriately enough are good words for this material is tortured beyond death. Thankfully (just banish them next time please!) keeping the synthesizers in the background, the CD taken as a whole is the meeting of Burzum with Darkthrone. Doom is coloured black and gleaned with ambience to ready the listener for the crossing of the Norwegian inspirants. This is for the true underground maven and anyone else ought to simply stay away. One has to admire the brilliant moniker of Nigrescent in either case and ask if it is inspired by Infernal Majesty.