by Octopi Mills

Griff is the sole mastermind behind Arkazum and was one of the founding fathers of the legendary doom band Cathedral.He was involved in the projects Father, and Black Star, for those who do not know of the man's contribution to such great music. He would also bring his mixing skills to the obscure, weird horror of the Arkansas musicians, Count Beetle, making a guest appearance on the first album of the band. When Griff created the first Arkazum album, Muzarka, I was fortunate enough to be there to see it's release, and had waited for the man to resurface from past projects with new material. In this I was not disappointed, and found the golden elucidations of that good album to be greatly satisfying, and something both new and inspiring in it's approach. After a few long years of waiting, he has now returned to his craft with the album "Imperium", and it is here that i wish to attune your attention.

 The recording opens with "Goodbye, she said", which is not a bad song at all, and has an almost old time, feel good rock and roll feel to it. The next track, entitled "Imperium" shows Arkazum's new found power of slightly longer songs, and with even more majestic, progressive style passages by way of vintage sounding keys. The music is clean and it is apparent the man has produced another fine album with good sound, early on in the record. The third song will sound familiar to anyone who has followed this music thus far, "And We Have Lost The Sunlight, Indeed.  Another good thing about this band is that the music is very varied overall, and there are elements of electronica and psychedelia, as well as other things.  "Hey Lord" is another good tune with some of the old time rock and roll in the chorus, and with some good effects and atmosphere present. The vibe is both happy and melancholy at times in the songs, while lyrics are always well written.

"Our Friend Terminus" is another good song, and reminds me of the poets of old in theme and title. Again there is the sorrow of grey clouds, though the sunlight comes through in the theme, and one is reminded that death is to be dreaded for the lovers and dreamers; to the dancers and singers who are living life. As the final song " Calling of Yednod" comes forth, one is brought to the realm of trance, and there are sounds like electronic insects that fly about, and bring one to a state of utterly strange ambiance, like something from a film soundtrack. Truly, this is a great song to close off the album with, which has been straightforward for Arkazum this time around. My only problems with the recording is that i want more by the time it ends!

In the future, i hope that Arkazum will continue to make music and gain further audience abroad, as this is a unique project worthy of much acclaim and praise. Here's to the analogue communion!