The Sham Mirrors

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The Sham Mirrors
Studio album by Arcturus
Released April 22, 2002
Recorded 2000–2001
Genre Avant-garde metal, progressive metal, symphonic black metal
Length 43:13
Label Ad Astra Enterprises
Arcturus chronology
Aspera Hiems Symfonia/Constellation/My Angel
(2002)Aspera Hiems Symfonia/Constellation/My Angel2002
The Sham Mirrors
Sideshow Symphonies
(2005)Sideshow Symphonies2005
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Chronicles of Chaos 9.5/10[2]

The Sham Mirrors is the third studio album by Norwegian avant-garde metal band Arcturus. It was released on April 9, 2002.

The Sham Mirrors is a departure from the band's previous albums; it features a much more modern, "outer space"-influenced sound, as opposed to the classical music-inspired layered melodies of 1997's La Masquerade Infernale, and contains elements of trip hop, ambient music and electronica in addition to the band's typical heavy and black metal sound. Lyrically, the album deals with abstract science fiction-themed subjects, a departure from the Satanic lyrics of earlier work. The album cover depicts a model drawing of the upper part of the Apollo spaceship.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Kristoffer Rygg, except tracks 4 and 6, written by Jørn H. Sværen; all music composed by Steinar Sverd Johnsen.

No. Title Length
1. "Kinetic" 5:25
2. "Nightmare Heaven" 6:05
3. "Ad Absurdum" 6:48
4. "Collapse Generation" 4:13
5. "Star-Crossed" 5:01
6. "Radical Cut" 5:08
7. "For to End Yet Again" 10:33
Total length: 43:13



Additional musicians[edit]


  • Produced By G. & Phantom FX
  • Recorded & Engineered By G., Valle & Johnsen
  • Mixed By Tore Ylwizaker at Ambrassaden
  • Mastered By Tom La Bomba at Strype Audio


  1. ^ York, William. "The Sham Mirrors - Arcturus : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Kalis, Quentin (7 April 2003). "CoC : Arcturus - The Sham Mirrors : Review". Chronicles of Chaos. Retrieved 8 September 2012.