Arcantica (Rock) - New Hampshire

"Withered" EP Review
"Vices" sets things off properly. The track is filled with high energy and really showcases the Arcangica signature sound to its fullest to introduce the listener to the EP perfectly. "Two Blocks Down" is awesome. The track is very single worthy and will be a fan favorite in no time. "Mannequin" puts its heart on its sleeve with its Alternative Rock stylings but there's a touch of Grunge and even Post Hardcore within it. There's a lot to like on the track and it really shones bright with its intensity. "Save You" has more modern Linkin Park vibes to it. The track has ballad like tendencies until later on when it explodes with emotion. "Ruin" has an early 2000's/Trustcompany feel to it. The riffs hit hard and the catchy Alternative Rock sound is top notch in its approach. "Paralysis" caps off the EP with a Post Hardcore like vibe. The twists and turns, upbeat aggression and melodies make it a closer to remember.

Arcantica look to set the Rock scene ablaze with their newest EP.

-Interview- (8/26/21)
1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Arcantica" and is there any meaning behind it?

Two of us got started in another band that was called Letting Go. When that band ended, we went in a different direction sonically and we already had an idea what we wanted to sound like.

The name Arcantica was chosen for a few reason. It has familiarity with its obvious similarity to Antarctica, when you think of that continent you think of cold, desolate, and kind of the tone of our music.

2. What do you want people to take away from your music?

Any sort of emotion or feeling. We try to write music that’s genuine and meaningful, so hopefully someone can take something away from it.

3. How would you describe your sound to the average listener?

I’d say heavy rock, leaning towards post hardcore.

4. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

There’s so many. All three of us like fairly different music so it’s hard to pin down just three!

5. How has Covid affected what you do as a band?

Luckily, we started right before Covid, so it kind of gave us a lot of time to refine our EP and sound.

6. What’s your take on the current state of Rock?

Rock is such a vague term these days that it’s hard to say. A lot of bands seem to leave rock behind after they’ve been at it for a while.

7. What’s the current music scene like there in New Hampshire?

It’s hard to say since it’s been gone for so long. We just had a cool local metal festival but as far as rock goes - I’m not sure!

8. What’s your take on the royalties that streaming services pay out to artists?

They’re absolutely terrible. It’s strange that they make such a huge profit off of artists and pay a fraction of a dollar (or less).

9. What’s next for Arcantica?

Just trying to book shows and keep writing music!