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Arcturus: The Revel Incarnate

A decade after they last ventured into the stratosphere, Norway’s carnivalesque voyagers Arcturus have returned to orbit, and they’re about to take you on another wild trip.

Liberating an authoritarian scene from the church-burning notoriety of its recent past with playful, imaginative artistry, the best output of the era still feels futuristic and fascinating nearly 20 years on, and La Masquerade Infernale is its crowning glory. Simen contributed to three songs as a guest musician and writer, allowing him to view the blossoming band’s creative process as a privileged outsider.

Lengthy stints in Dimmu Borgir and Borknagar followed, and it was seven years before he finally got the chance to front Arcturus for real after founding vocalist Kristoffer ‘Garm’ Rygg left to concentrate on Ulver. However, Simen has an unexpected perspective on those early collaborations with his future bandmates.

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