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Realm of Arcturus - 95%

Azrael, September 28th, 2006

By now they have become a legendary band. Innovative, genius and crazy in their compositions, Arcturus have become one of the most inspiring bands of our times.

This DvD brings to screen what they are all about. The package is great, not overdone but still delivered in a satisfying manner. The trademark blend of Astral Masquerade is present all around the concert with occasional “footages” that accompany well the ambience linking the songs.

The concert mainly covers the last three albums of the Norwegian madcaps. It stresses on their last album “SideShow Symphonies” however, but the band does a terrifying job in keeping loyalty to the nature of all the performed songs.
Vortex is a great frontman but one sure misses Ryg’s voice when the older songs are played. Never the less, Vortex does his outmost with occasional burps and grunts to captivate the audience. He talks in Norwegian so some people cannot understand anything.

Memorable moments are found all around the concert with occasional dances by “Delirium” and “Delight”. These two ladies enchant the audience as they dance to certain pieces. At times they may seem distorted but upon repeated viewing, one may notice the sense behind their movements.

It is all too grandiose for Arcturus and they finish with their legendary “Raudt Og Svart” from their “Aspera Hiems Sypmhonia” release. It really got the crowd fired up! A great finish to an amazing concert.

This DvD is clearly for the collectors but anyone can pause for a moment and enter the realm of Arcturus….