The Sham Mirrors

The End Records
Release date
22 Apr 2002
Running length
7 tracks
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1 Kinetic 5:26 38,132
2 Nightmare Heaven 6:06 35,046
3 Ad Absurdum 6:49 31,958
4 Collapse Generation 4:13 31,947
5 Star-Crossed 5:01 34,455
6 Radical Cut 5:08 32,339
7 For to End Yet Again 10:34 27,399

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  • Cassandra-Leo

    Masterpiece. Really wish they'd reissue this and Masquerade on vinyl like they did with Constellation and Aspera. Imagine "Kinetic" with a proper mastering job on wax. It would be amazing.

    19 May 12:01am Reply
  • Damianek666XD


    5 Apr 12:40pm Reply
  • Tricksta_P

    My favourite Arcturus album!

    1 Sep 2014 Reply
  • noense

    Nostalgic. Oh man, I've always imagined ghosts flying around while listening to this.

    31 Jul 2014 Reply
  • ClassyMusicSnob

    You guys think there is something wrong with the production?You've got to be kidding me....

    7 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Limberneck

    Don't really see the problem with the production, it gives the album a sense of eeriness if anything. Typical modern production values would've probably made it downright ridiculous, like a non-bombastic Bal-Sagoth without space barbarians.

    9 Feb 2013 Reply
  • darkwitch_metal


    28 Jan 2013 Reply
  • LucasCSilveira

    @already-taken Avant-garde isn't supposed to be weird, it's supposed to be ahead of its time. For which reason they are very often full of experimental stuff, which is the "weird stuff". But it is not a condition.

    25 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Kukudus

    Outstanding album. I can't stop adoring this since long ago. Garm's voice is so beautiful!

    22 Apr 2012 Reply
  • intru_negru

    probably the best metal album ever written

    28 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Melinda_M

    all tracks from this album are great and BEST !

    29 Feb 2012 Reply
  • lordcthulhu

    Fucking amazing album, but not a big fan of the production at all. The drum sound is odd to say the least, and the guitar tone is horrible!

    23 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Tankard1991

    best one

    15 Feb 2012 Reply
  • MikeDoyle

    One of my all time top 10 metal albums, love it. Wish the production values were a little more clear, but thats the only issue with this outstanding piece of music

    10 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Bloodland

    all time favourite

    5 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Torcidalol

    These guys were really something else. Incredible album.

    30 Jul 2011 Reply
  • already-taken

    Someone explain what's so avant-garde about this? Usually avant-garde is stuff that makes me go wtf but this doesn't. Creative and unique that's for sure, but lacks that weirdness.

    9 Jul 2011 Reply
  • samii

    A Masterpiece... [3]

    25 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Anastaxia_Xylf

    all time favourite!

    12 Apr 2011 Reply
  • vasiab

    A Masterpiece..Every track is an experience. [2]

    5 Apr 2011 Reply
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