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★★★★ This is more like it! The album reaffirms the role of its predecessor, Das Seelenbrechen, as a lateral digression, and is more of an logical and spiritual successor to Eremita… but Arktis blows it away in its scope, ambition, and effectiveness. I could mention the handful of notable guest musicians on this record, but the real star here is the varied approaches to songwriting. Even the two electronica-infused tracks, “South Winds” and “Frail,” work amazingly well. This is a must-listen, and likely more than once.