You can always count on Debemur Morti when you are looking for true kvlt underground Black Metal. This label had the great idea to re-issue Arckanum's back catalogue so more fans could get a hold of the band's earlier work.
The talent of multi-instrumentalist Shamaatae as a composer and musician is obvious from the beginning, as one could witness on this debut album. The art of Arckanum is deeply rooted into mysticism, Satanism as well as in respect towards nature. The fast Black Metal tempos are the main vehicle of his work. Tremolo picking leads are tracing the melodic lines, while nature samplings are increasing the harmonies, just like the calmer/ambient keyboard passages. The nature elements are quite varied, and they include: owl's sounds, water flows and wind. Although the sound quality is not raw at all, the Black Metal spirit is flowing quite well, without being a bit weakened. On "Svinna", one could hear variation in the tempos, crunchy riffing and some cold wind blowing. Later on track #8, "Bærghet", the listener is into a more ambient piece that involves female vocals, not to forget a nice epic edge on top of it. "Gava Fran Trulen" is a good crushing number that includes calm water flowing in the intro. We can hear more of those female tonalities in a song called "Trulmælder". In order to finish this opus in beauty, Shamaatae has composed an eerie keyboard piece of darkness named "Ener Stilla Sior Af Droten Min".
To sum things up, Fran Marder is a very good album of classic Nordic Black Metal.
1 – Pans Lughn
2 – Hvila Pa Tronan Min
3 – pe Alder Hærskandhe Væsendhe Natur
4 – Svinna
5 – Kununger Af pæn Diupeste Natur
6 – Gava Fran Trulen
7 – Fran Marder
8 – Bærghet
9 – Trulmælder
10 – Kolin Væruld
11 – Ener Stilla Sior Af Droten Min