“Den F?rstf?dde?marks the end of an era, in a fashion. It has been stated by the band to be the last release from this underground Swedish Black Metal band, which carries the name Arckanum. In the last twenty-five years, the one-man band has released a grand total of eight Full-length releases, five Demos and four EP?s, as well as various Splits and Compilations. The crowning jewel will be the afore-mentioned record (the title of which translates from Swedish to ?The Firstborn?)… The near-supernatural approach of the lyrics blend together perfectly with the near-traditional approach the band has taken to the musical aspects of the album. The early days of Second Wave of Black Metal is very obvious on this record, with its distorted instruments and powerfully evocative presence (which is also immensely evident in the lyrical tracks). In one aspect does Arckanum differ from other bands of the era such as Mayhem or Emperor ? And that is in the pacing.
As far as I can tell, the music is kept slightly slower and deeper, causing the overall feel of?Den F?rstf?dde?to be one of slow, meticulous menace (for a lack of a better word). Something that I find fitting in an album meant to herald the inevitable approach and consumption of the world, first in a three-year winter, then burning by the flames of the fire giants.” -?http://www.metal-revolution.com/reviews/arckanum-den-forstfodde