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” – 9/10
Ave Noctem – “two fine musicians and storytellers weaving a tale without words” – 8.5/10
Occult Black Metal Zine – “would recommend it to all fans of ambient, instrumental and post black and doom metal” – 8/10
Machine Music – “Arx Atrata have solidified their spot, for me, as one of the best atmospheric black metal/post-black bands around […] The entire split is fantastic”
The Razor’s Edge – “this record stands apart like the breath of fresh air it truly is”
Fjordhammer – “the coming together of two great expansive and atmospheric bands” – 3.5/5
Although The Path Untravelled was released almost a year ago, new reviews keep coming in.
Earlier in the year, House Of Prog remarked in their review that The Path Untravelled is “majestic, all encompassing, and a damn fine listen”.
More recently, VM-Underground had some positive words to share in their review, saying The Path Untravelled was “a dark, sombre album with lots of twists and turns and a plethora of melodic interludes and tangents to keep any atmospheric Black Metal fan happy”.
Last but not least, huge gratitude goes to Italy’s Metal Skunk who wrote an in-depth article covering all three albums to date. The article is, naturally, all in Italian, but via the translating power of Deepl it was possible to see that they consider Oblivion, Spiritus in Terra, and The Path Untravelled to be “three records of the highest level” and that “Arx Atrata stands at the highest levels of expressivity”.
As always, many thanks to anyone who has taken the time to listen to the music and to write up their thoughts.
Critical opinion on The Path Untravelled has been universally positive so far. Following on from the previous reviews, we have a few more for you.
Occult Black Metal Zine : “Arx Atrata are a very great sounding atmospheric black metal solo project”
The Void Journal: “The Path Untravelled ranks proudly on the shelf with my favourite music titles to date”
Independent Music Showcase (via Facebook): “So much better than what some of the mainstream bands produce”
RTMB Magazine (in Spanish): “An enjoyable journey from beginning to end” (translated)
Headshot Music: “The riches of this project apparently lay in details. There are so many that I cannot grasp the entirety without this review going for the length of an essay”
Games, Brrraaains & A Head-Banging Life : “There is no faulting a single moment of this album”
Medienkonverter (in German): “Thumbs up and a big ‘buy’ recommendation for fans of this subgenre” (translated)
La Guilde du Metal (in French): “The Path Untravelled is a success” (translated)
Rock Out Stand Out: ” If you’ve ever heard, or even been aware of Winterfylleth, Agalloch, or even Gris‘ Il était une forêt… you need to listen to this album”
Promo copies of the album have been with journalists for a few days, and the reviews are starting to come in.
First up were Sonic Abuse, who said “The Path Untravelled is a stunningly recorded body of work [..] Bold, beautiful and haunting, The Path Untravelled is a work of art and highly recommended.” They awarded it 9.5 out of 10, and you can read the whole review at the following link: http://www.sonicabuse.com/2019/08/arx-atrata-the-path-untravelled-album-review/
Next we have Metal Temple, who say The Path Untravelled is “an excellent album” that is “sad, and depressing, but also full of vigor and excitement”, and “an undeniable winner”, awarding it 9 out of 10. Again, you can read the entire review on their site here: http://www.metal-temple.com/site/catalogues/entry/reviews/cd_3/a_2/arx-atrata-the-path.htm
More reviews will be posted as they come in, but until then watch this space for more news and keep an eye on our Bandcamp page for pre-order news.