I get the feeling Arkona just didn’t have the money to do this album the way they wanted to do it. Either that or they so desperately want to keep their “underground” status that they couldn’t bear to clean things up a bit more. Zeta Reticuli has a slightly raw sound and the whole album was mastered at a low volume so you really have to crank it to hear stuff clearly. The keyboards and clean vocals are used mainly as a garnish as the guitars are the most prominent instrument. There are a lot of good ideas on this CD that make Zeta Reticuli something that you can listen to without getting bored halfway through it. It doesn’t have a whole lot of originality as all of these ideas have been done before. The good thing is that Arkona executes these things well and the resulting music is definitely a cut above average. If you like your Black Metal in the old Norse style (like early Dimmu Borgir or split CD era Emperor), Arkona is definitely your cup of tea. Just remember to turn your stereo down after you finish listening to this album because the CD you throw on next may just blow the glass out of every window in your neighborhood.
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