Arctos are a band from Alberta, Canada that plays a melodic form of black metal and this is a review of their 2019 album "Beyond the Grasp of Mortal Hands" which will be released in September by Northern Silence Productions.
Water sounds start off the album along with some tribal style drumming a few second later as well as some epic sounding synths also being used briefly. When the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the songs more of a raw feeling.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic style while the vocals are mostly grim sounding black metal screams. Throughout the recording you can also hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and most of the tracks are very long and epic in length.
Clean playing can also be heard in certain sections of the recording as well as some melodic vocals also being added into some parts of the music and as the album progresses a brief instrumental can also be heard before returning back to a heavier direction on the following songs, spoken word parts can also be heard briefly and one track also adds in a small amount of operatic female vocals. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover nature, misanthropy and solitude.
In my opinion Arctos are a very great sounding melodic black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Shattered Tomb" and "A Realm Beyond". 8 out of 10.