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Medieval Demon - Arcadian Witchcraft

Medieval Demon
Arcadian Witchcraft
by Daphne Minks Daly at 09 March 2021, 9:06 AM

Hellenic metallists, MEDIEVAL DEMON's latest offering of melodic black metal, is as intense as anticipated. MEDIEVAL DEMON was formed in Greece by brothers Lord Apollyon and Sirokous in 1993. Their debut album, “Demonolatria,” was released to critical acclaim in 1995. A second release would follow soon after in 1998. But it would take many more years before the band would release another album.

In 2018, MEDIEVAL DEMON was back in action and conjuring up musical masterpieces complete with their signature blasphemous subject matter. In fact, the band sounds even more raucous and fierce today than it did back in the nineties. Although MEDIEVAL DEMON has seen a few line-up changes over the years, each member seems to have brought something new to the sound.

MEDIEVAL DEMON's latest album is an all-out creep-fest in the most compelling way. Haunting church organs, well-placed spoken-word, and deeply religious entrenched incantations are hallmarks of their brand of atmospheric black metal. There are qualities and characters present that are rich in texture and depth. "Arcadian Witchcraft" was released by Hells Headbangers Records. This record company has proved integral in cultivating an entirely new generation of Greek black metal bands.

With their distinctive grim, mysterious elements, MEDIEVAL DEMON's roots remain steadfastly planted in black metal. Never afraid to utilize every aspect available to them, MEDIEVAL DEMON's members are clearly out-of-the-box thinkers. "Arcadian Witchcraft" showcases the powerfully extravagant kind of darkness this band typifies and that fans expect. "Arcadian Witchcraft" is immediately exciting and showcases MEDIEVAL DEMON's songwriting abilities.

MEDIEVAL DEMON's Mutilator is a former member of ROTTING CHRIST. This band was one of the first Greek black metal bands and is still celebrated by fans worldwide. Mutilator's musical talents provide a glorious creepiness to MEDIEVAL DEMON's music that all black metal genre fans are sure to appreciate.

MEDIEVAL DEMON clearly draws from their traditional Greek black metal influences and is unafraid to borrow from other genres. "Arcadian Witchcraft" is an essential album from a crucial black metal band. Classic heavy metal riffs abound on this darkness-infused album but never stray far from their black metal hearts. "Arcadian Witchcraft" is a dynamic and exciting album that tantalizes the listener and burns itself into the psyche.

Songwriting: 5
Musicianship: 6
Memorability: 7
Production: 6

3 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Meet Her Majesty, The Black Queen
2. Mystics of Ritual Madness
3. Mundus Est Diaboli
4. The Grand Archon
5. Nocturnal Gates Through the Night
6. Seeking Blood in the Blackness
7. Arcadian Witchcraft
Lineup:
Sirokous - Vocals
Mutilator - Bass
Lord Apollyon - Drums, Keyboards
Record Label: Hells Headbangers Records
     


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Edited 05 December 2021
 

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