Arx Atrata - The Path Untravelled

11 Oct 2019 - Thorsten

Atmospheric-Black-Metal | Release date: 11 Oct 2019

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Agalloch, Saor, Winterfylleth, Panopticon – the list of role-models is long and seemingly endless when it comes to atmospheric black metal bands nowadays. The list of their successors maybe even longer.

Most of them have a feeling for dynamics and the situational eruption amidst vast quietness and Ben Sizer aka Arx Atrata is no exception to it. The mastermind and only member of this project uses synthesizers to spice up his musical vision which becomes clearest in the title-track of this, his third record. A 10-minute-opus, the track plays with the audience often using small ambient passages or clean guitar parts to disrupt the eruption. Sizer is definitely able to use the synthesizer to his best advantage, supporting the blastbeats and eerie guitar motifs with effective scapes in order to purvey some kind of loftiness of sound that is also noticeable in small things like some minor background guitar work where some simple chords provide a breath of air and slowly raise everything a bit higher. ‘Higher’ in general seems to be the direction that Sizer strives for, as his compositions always reach towards the open sky. Whether he will be able to follow in the footsteps of his predecessors when it comes to the success they had, remains to be seen – he surely took a lot of pages from their books and constructed his own vision and trademark sound. That is something that not too many people on the long list of atmospheric black metal bands can say for themselves.