Arcana (Swedish band)

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Arcana at the 2008 Mithras Garden Festival in Koblenz, Germany
Background information
GenresNeoclassical dark wave, Dark wave, Dark ambient
Years active1994–present
LabelsCold Meat Industry (1996–2003)
Erebus Odora (2003–2006)
Kalinkaland Records (2006 – present)
MembersPeter Bjärgö
Ann-Mari Thim
Stefan Eriksson
Ia Bjärgö
Mattias Borgh
Past membersIda Bengtsson

Arcana is Swedish neoclassical dark wave band formed in 1994 and was originally signed to the Cold Meat Industry label.


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.[1]

Peter also has a martial industrial side-project called Sophia and has also recorded one collaborative album with Gustaf Hildebrand.


Their first album Dark Age of Reason, released on Cold Meat Industry, has been compared to the early works by Dead Can Dance.[2]

The third album ...The Last Embrace was published in 2000. It introduced the acoustic guitar and real percussion instruments to Arcana's repertoire.[3]

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.[4]

2008 saw the release of "Raspail"[5] on Kalinkaland Records. Arcana's earlier Neo-classical and medieval style returned with this album.[6]

As Arcana[edit]

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

As Bjärgö/Hildebrand[edit]

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

In other media[edit]

The remake of the Dead Can Dance song "Enigma of the Absolute" was used in the soundtrack for the popular Civilization 4 mod Fall from Heaven 2 as background music for the Runes Of Kilmorph religion.


  1. ^ "Arcana signs to Kalinkaland". Side-Line. 11 July 2006.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "Arcana to release 'Raspail' album on February 29th". Side-Line. 15 January 2008.
  6. ^ "Raspail".

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