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Arcana - Le Serpent Rouge
When I saw the list of cd’s that had to be reviewed I immediately noticed Arcana - Le Serpent Rouge. Why? Because it was described as Medieval Soundscapes. Medieval, yeah I like that, Tanzwut, In Extremo, Schandmaul, Subway To Sally. So I was very curious about Arcana.

Medieval Soundscapes, yes indeed Le Serpent Rouge sounds medieval, but it really doesn’t sound like one of the bands I named above. Arcana is totally different. It is absolutely not related to metal. (So why did Displeased Records send it to Metalrage?) But I’m not narrow minded and won’t make a big deal about that, I like all kinds of music.

Like I said, it does not sound like the familiar medieval bands. It sure sounds medieval, but in an oriental way. When you put this record on and you close your eyes you will be transferred to the ancient orient. A great ambient is created by mystical vocals and oriental instruments like a Armenian Duduk and a Dulicmer, don’t ask me what they look like, all I can tell you is that it sounds nice on this record.

You will dream about dancers, deserts, mystical creatures and sultans. On Le Serpent Rouge are tracks which sound very friendly, but there also tracks which sound really dark and evil, like Seductive Flame.

I’m not familiar with bands like Arcana, but there is one project that sounds familiar to Arcana: Akrabu, but I don’t think any of you metalheads will know Akrabu.

It surely is great music to relax, or to play as background music. But it isn’t music to really listen to. Although I really like Le Serpent Rouge, I can’t listen to the complete album, the songs don’t differ enough. So if you don’t have money for a vacation this might be a solution. Stoners will like Le Serpent Rouge as well I think.

Peter Bjärgö – Instruments, samples, programming and vocals
Stefan Eriksson – Choir and percussion
Ann-Marithim – Choir
Cecilia Bjärgö – Choir

Track list:
1.In Search of The Divine
2.Le Serpent Rouge
4.Under the Sun
6.Seductive Flame
7.Serpents Dance
8.The Passage
9.The Nemesis
Arcana - Le Serpent Rouge
70/1001Details Displeased Records
Released on Tuesday Nov 30th, -0001
Oriental medieval

Writer @Arcane on Wednesday Jun 29th, 2005

Tags: #Arcana
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