Nov 062020


(In this new interview our friend Comrade Aleks talks with guitarist Igor Leiva Benavides, one of the members of the Chilean band Poema Arcanvs, whose roots go back to the ’90s and who released their sixth album in August through Transcending Obscurity Records.)

Santiago-based doom-death band Poema Arcanvs was born back in early 90s. They played some raw ideas under the monikers Garbage and Garbage Breed beginning in 1992 and until 1997 when they changed the band’s name to the one we know nowadays. South America was always a dark corner for doom fans, and I can name you two-dozen bands or even more which were born in the same period and remained in the deepest underground for years. Poema Arcanvs is another thing. They aren’t hyper-productive, but they were always somewhere near recording and releasing new material.

Their sixth full-length album Stardust Solitude saw the light of day on the 28th of August, 2020, according to Transcending Obscurity Records’ schedule. They kept their mark of delivering excellent sorrowful and epic doom death with a few raw edges as always, and this time Enzo Toledo granted Poema Arcanvs really killer artwork!

As a Poema Arcanvs member since its first days, Igor Leiva Benavides (guitars) is the right person to ask about Stardust Solitude and things which happen around the band nowadays. Continue reading »

Jun 122020


Like other genres of metal, Doom has become a big tent since its formative years, gathering beneath its large canopy a variety of stylistic formulations that are nonetheless united by an attraction to moods of longing and loss, misery and grief. But the Chilean Doom band Poema Arcanvs seem to be a big tent themselves, evolving their arcane musical poetry into an embrace of many formulations of Doom, and their new album Stardust Solitude might be their most complete and cohesive expression of that talent to date.

With their roots in the ’90s and their original inspiration drawn from the likes of Paradise Lost, Anathema, and My Dying Bride, the band have built an impressive discography that now includes six albums. This new one, their first in eight years, is their first for Transcending Obscurity Records, and it isn’t mere puffery to say, as T.O. does, that it is “a beautiful album that unravels gracefully, revealing a wealth of variations and moods”, delivering “plaintive melodies and entreating vocals that remain with you like warnings from the other side”.

The track we’re premiering today, through a video that captures the band’s performance of the song, is “Straits of Devotion“, and it is a prime example of the band’s successful amalgamation of styles and sensations. Continue reading »