The Arcane Order
In The Wake of Collisions


4.5
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Review

by Ending USER (12 Reviews)
January 24th, 2011 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A chaotic piece of art painted with instrumental precision and framed with vocal passion, In The Wake of Collisions will leave you only wanting more of what The Arcane Order has to offer.

In a genre that varies so widely like melodic death metal, few times can a band capture a sound that is truly their own. In In The Wake of Collisions, The Arcane Order provides a beautifully executed 50 minute journey through a melody driven utopia. As the album begins with an almost orchestral string introduction, the stage sets for something truly special. As the drums and guitar slowly join forces with the strings, the tempo picks up and the energy starts to flow. At the one minute mark, the vocals come in and the explosion of sound begins. After just under six and a half minutes, you already know that you're in for a very pleasant ride.

As the album progresses forward, it feels less like each song is its own and that each is part of a bigger picture. Each sounds similar overall, but packs plenty more than enough variety to distinguish themselves from one another. The vocals are aboslutely quality, each pitch is hit with near dead-on accuracy be it high, low, or that awkward in between. The guitars are the same way, following Thomsen's pitches in an almost mesmerizing fashion. The bass and keyboards subtly craft a stunning atmosphere and give the album a level of depth few can match inside or outside of the genre. The true merit of the band however, goes to the drummer. Displaying a breathtaking performance in both technicality and melodic sensability, drummer Sørensen is the real backbone of the album. Throughout the entire album, the drumming never once stumbles in quality and seems to just keep getting better. Each fill, each beat, every single strike of the drum is like a stroke of a brush breathing life into a piece of undiscovered art. Even in the instrumental track "When Oceans Become Deserts" he manages to provide shock and awe with a performance that can only be referred to as brilliant. Instrumentally, the band provides only slightly more than it does vocally, but both are certainly above adept. The sweeping guitar solos can occasionally feel slightly too familiar, and the keyboards sometimes feel as if they're being emphasized a dash too much, but other than that the instrumental half of the band gets two thumbs up. The vocals never feel out of place, but they fail to have many truly captivating moments. With a voice so powerful and so close to perfection it's difficult to believe, but with such incredible musicians behind providing more variety throughout songs it feels as if his own assortment of contribution is minutely lacking. The lyrics that the vocals are delivering however, are very good despite some minor clichés.

Overall, In The Wake of Collisions was a truly enjoyable listen that I would recommend to any fan of the genre. The keyboards are very clearly present without often feeling too forced or ever out of place, and every other instrument is top notch. If any complaints exist at all, the guitarist seems to like sweeps a little bit too much and the vocalist can seem minisculy repetitive at times. In the end though, The Arcane Order has truly sculpted a work of melodic art that should be heard by all.



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Ending
January 24th 2011


2178 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Third review. Feedback always appreciated. Great listen, recommended to all fans of melodic death metal.

bloc
January 24th 2011


55840 Comments


Nice review man

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sexpoi
January 26th 2011


648 Comments


good review. i liked their first album so i'll check this out. and their drummer is a beast

Pankar95
May 4th 2011


170 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Very good underrated band

FrozenVain
April 6th 2012


3026 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review! This album is awesome.

Ending
April 6th 2012


2178 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks, and yeah it's really good. I might not rate it quite as highly nowadays, but it still is fantastic.

YUJOS
October 21st 2012


1016 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Eruptions Of Red is such a killer song!

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XfingTheSullen
May 15th 2014


4389 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is pretty fucking sweet. But quite different than the previous album, this sounds like a melodeath band playing black metal, I mean te riffing patterns are totally BM but the melodies are progressive space metal. Fun stuff

FrozenVain
November 13th 2015


3026 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

New album is solid.

XfingTheSullen
March 12th 2017


4389 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well I just reviewed it!



But yeah, both of these albums are definite 4s at least. I've been listening to them a lot recently and I got real hooked, plenty more listens before me for sure

Dimorphic
February 5th 2018


722 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This vocals on this album are absolutely mesmirising. True passion. Sadly Kasper left the band... Why u do this, Kasphar? U try maek me cry?

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Dimorphic
February 5th 2018


722 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Also, goes without saying the rest of this album is fucking fantastic. Guitar, drums, even bass is decent if I remember correctly.

hexfix93
May 26th 2019


1685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Such amazing solos. Dude was brilliant when he played in Autumn Leaves, and equally so with this band.

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Scheumke
May 26th 2019


782 Comments


Holy shit dude I've been looking for this album for ages but completely forgot the names of the band and album. I see it pop up in the 'most recent comments' section and the light switches on. Thank you man! I remeber this being amazing. Gonna check to see if I was right.

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hexfix93
May 26th 2019


1685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha I love when that happens. Album is def amazing. Don't forget to check out Autumn Leaves - As Night Conquers Day. Not too similar musically (it's melodeath though) but as I mentioned in my other comment, same guitarist so it's kinda just awesome by default lol

Dimorphic
May 27th 2019


722 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'm friends with the guitarist (Flemming) and Boris Tandrup on Facebook. Great dudes.



Album is perfect and has aged SO well since I first heard it back in 2008.

hexfix93
May 27th 2019


1685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice dude. Boris was the bassist for Autumn Leaves as well wasn't he? Pretty sure but could be wrong, too lazy to look it up lol.



And yeah this definitely aged well, might bump the rating a bit.

Dimorphic
May 28th 2019


722 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

No idea, never actually listened to Autumn Leaves! Will definitely be checking them out soon though.

hexfix93
May 28th 2019


1685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hell yeah man, both Flemming Lund and Boris played in that band. As Night Conquers Day should be right up your alley. Lund's solos are just as amazing as you'd expect on that album as well.



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