Arcana (Swedish band)
Arcana at the 2008 Mithras Garden Festival in Koblenz, Germany
|Genres||Neoclassical dark wave, darkwave, dark ambient|
|Labels||Cold Meat Industry (1996–2003)|
Erebus Odora (2003–2006)
Kalinkaland Records (2006 – present)
|Past members||Ida Bengtsson|
The original band consisted of founder Peter Bjärgö (then Peter Pettersson) and vocalist Ida Bengtsson. Since 2002, Arcana has changed line-up and now consists of Peter Bjärgö, Stefan Eriksson, Ann-Mari Thim, Ia Bjärgö and Mattias Borgh.
Often largely instrumental, the band describes its music as inspired by medieval music or the middle age's more romantic aspects. Their album Le Serpent Rouge had a more oriental feeling to it, with instruments like hammered dulcimer, finger cymbals, duduk and other oriental/Arabic instruments. Since 2006, Arcana is signed to Kalinkaland Records in Germany.
Peter also has a martial industrial side-project called Sophia and has also recorded one collaborative album with Gustaf Hildebrand.
The third album ...The Last Embrace was published in 2000. It introduced the acoustic guitar and real percussion instruments to Arcana's repertoire.
The sixth album Le Serpent Rouge was released in 2004 on Erebus Odor Records. It features orientally inspired music and a stronger integration of acoustic instruments than previously.
|Year||Title||Format, Label & Notes|
|1996||The Hearts of Shadow Gods||2 × Vinyl, 7", Picture Disc, Limited Edition, Compilation / Cold Meat Industry.|
|1996||Dark Age of Reason||10 track CD / Cold Meat Industry.|
|1997||Lizabeth||3 track CD / Cold Meat Industry.|
|1997||Cantar de Procella||12 track CD / Cold Meat Industry.|
|1999||Isabel||3 track CD / Cold Meat Industry.|
|2000||...The Last Embrace||10 track CD / Cold Meat Industry.|
|2002||Body of Sin||2 track CD / Cold Meat Industry.|
|2002||Inner Pale Sun||8 track CD / Cold Meat Industry.|
|2004||The New Light (Compilation)||11 track CD / EREBUS.|
|2004||Le Serpent Rouge||9 track CD / Projekt / EREBUS.|
|2008||Raspail||10 track CD / Kalinkaland Records / Projekt|
|2010||The First Era 1996-2002 (Compilation)||4 CD / Cyclic Law / Box which includes all album and compilation tracks until Inner Pale Sun|
|2011||Un Passage Silencieux||2 track CD, Album, Limited Edition. So called "sister-release" of Le Serpent Rouge.
Limited to 100 copies and only available to the owners of the Le Serpent Rouge Box. / EREBUS ODORA
|2012||Emerald||3 track CD / Cyclic Law|
|2012||As Bright As A Thousand Suns||10 track CD / Cyclic Law|
|Year||Title||Format, Label & Notes|
|2005||Out Of The Darkling Light, Into The Bright Shadow||CD / EREBUS.|
|2009||A Wave Of Bitterness||CD / Kalinkaland Records|
|2011||The Architecture Of Melancholy||CD / Cyclic Law|
|2017||Animus Retinentia||CD / Cyclic Law|
|2019||Structures and Downfall||CD / Cyclic Law|
In other media
- "Arcana - Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives". Metal Archives. Retrieved 2021-01-15.
- "Arcana". Discogs. Retrieved 2021-01-15.
- "Arcana - MusicBrainz". MusicBrainz. Retrieved 2021-01-15.
- "Arcana signs to Kalinkaland". Side-Line. 11 July 2006.
- Kühr, Jan. "Dark Age Of Reason". Sonic Seducer (in German). No. III/1996. Thomas Vogel Media e.K. Archived from the original on 2013-11-12.
- Schäfer, Michael. "...The Last Embrace". Sonic Seducer (in German). No. 6/2000. Thomas Vogel Media e.K. Archived from the original on 2012-03-08. Retrieved 2010-08-14.
- Heymann, Peter. "Le Serpent Rouge". Sonic Seducer (in German). No. 3/2005. Thomas Vogel Media e.K. Archived from the original on 2012-03-08. Retrieved 2010-08-14.
- "Arcana to release 'Raspail' album on February 29th". Side-Line. 15 January 2008.
- "Raspail". gothtronic.com. Archived from the original on 2016-05-07. Retrieved 2010-08-14.
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