Arkona knock it out of the park with this mildly-symphonic and highly-melodic black metal extravaganza. Age of Capricorn pays homage to the second-wave black metal greats with epic yet tasteful orchestral work, while incorporating pristine modern production values and more aggressive tremolo riffing and blastbeat-heavy drumming. Tempos are frequently blistering but not one note feels rushed or out of place, and the second and third songs are among 2019’s very best. I am in love with this work.
Favorite track: Alone Among Wolves.