Arx Atrata play melancholic black metal with atmospheric and ambient aspects.

“Frozen beauty and lavish texture” Zero Tolerance magazine
“Razor-sharp melodicism”Metal Hammer magazine

Inspired by bands like Coldworld, Winterfylleth, Agalloch, Paysage d’Hiver, and Fen, several years of writing and recording saw debut album ‘Oblivion’ being released in 2013, its blend of harsh vocals and uncompromising black metal riffs with prominent harmonies and lush synths drawing critical acclaim from print and online press.

Follow-ups ‘Spiritus In Terra’ (2016) and ‘The Path Untravelled’ (2019) cemented Arx Atrata’s position at the top of the UK atmospheric black metal scene, and 2021’s split release ‘The Warrior Cycle’ with fellow Nottingham act Bleakwinter Shrine saw Arx Atrata taking a short but fruitful diversion into instrumental territories.

Pre-production for the fourth full-length record is underway.



Reviews for The Warrior Cycle

Thanks to everyone who supported The Warrior Cycle on Bandcamp. This was a slightly different release for Arx Atrata, being the only one without vocals (excluding the Arx Silvestris reworkings, of course) but reviews have been universally positive. Cvlt Legion –“two minds paint their own pictures upon a single canvas, and a harrowing apparition evolves” …

‘The Warrior Cycle’ – new split album coming April 2nd

On Friday April 2nd, Arx Atrata and Bleakwinter Shrine release The Warrior Cycle, a fully instrumental mini-album telling a tale of loss and revenge. Four epic tracks of blackened post metal, two from each artist, plus three dark ambient interludes, lead the listener through an epic and flowing musical odyssey. The Warrior Cycle will be …


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