If something is failing in the latest album it's ICS Vortex at moments, being Arcturian a complete statement on how better was Arcturus with Garm. Any other complain read on this shoutbox is just pure "Internet Whining Kid" bullshit.
I don't know if I can listen to the new album if it will sound like that. The drums sounds like someone tapping a game controller very fast.. where is the power, the bass, the atmosphere of Sham Mirrors or La Masquerade?
v I mentioned Oyvind as part of their history, because he also toured with the band in 2004, because Garm refused to join that Arcturus Live tour. I have the Salonica '04 bootleg Dvd with Oyvind, but it's not on youtube of course. Next year in 2005 they toured normally with Vortex. As a Spiral Architect listener, I always preferred Oyvind to Vortex live, but having Sverd (or Knut) is more important for the lineup than any of the singers. I find Rygg's perennial refusal to live-sing with this band a bit dishonest, since he started touring live with Ulver around 2009 anyway. So, Garm's problem was the other Arcturus guys (maybe Hellhammer?) and not with himself not wanting to sing live, because he did it 5 years later anyway.
Arcturus followers should get over the Garm, Vortex, Oyvind thing. Arcturus is Arcturus. Why is Oyvind even part of the discussion at times I'm not sure. We should focus on the sounds and leave pointless arguments out.
'Arcturian' to be released within 3 months in May 2015, after a 13-year recording break. Hopefully the spaceship still rocks !! http://en.prophecy.de/news/arcturus-arcturus-sign-with-prophecy-productions-new-album-arcturian-out-may-8th.html