Lovingly pinched from Metal as Fuck: Two years ago a Norwegian project drew the attention of the metal world: a band called Sarke released their first album called Vorunah and had a bit of raw sound to show, in a way that only Celtic Frost were capable of doing. Of course people tried to make a parallel between Tom Warriorâ€™s child and this new project. But one thing is to have been influenced by some artist. The other is to be just a copycat. Of course Sarke was much, much more than a mere copy of CF. They had their own style.For those of you who still donâ€™t know, Sarke is the drummer of acts such as Tulus, Khold and Valhall. Here he plays everything, and has the most perfect partner in crime for doing this job: none less than Nocturno Culto (Darkthrone). For the sophomore album, the duo is back together and more creative than ever. Called Oldarhian, this is what I dreamt metal would sound like in 2011. Itâ€™s not â€œmodernâ€, yet it is innovative, strange and tasty without compromising the metallic side of the equation in an enchanting way that only Norwegian bands can do.Differently from Vorunah, Oldarhian has a more sophisticated approach, I can say itâ€™s a step forward from what the first album was.From the get-go, the track Condemn shows the cold gestalt that dominates the whole album. Mid-paced, with defined phrases, sick and with the Nocturno Cultoâ€™s vocalization giving a flat sentiment of intended apathy, contrasting with the crazy creativity of Sarke himself. Doing everything else, Sarke seems to know his limitations as a multi-instrumentalist, taking full advantage from what he knows, and delivering it with comeliness. Simple doesnâ€™t mean subpar and the blend of punk, thrash and black metal is simply perfect. I wouldnâ€™t dare to label it.Pilgrim of The Occult shows a strange and enthralling hypnotic riff just to debouch in an obscure chorus that sends shivers up my spine. It has a strange tempo in the middle of the song, made for headbanging and every time I hear it, I canâ€™t help but stop what Iâ€™m doing and get the air guitar out.