Sicktus : 'Tod & Teufel' is the third full-length by German outfit Arroganz. The three guys once again create a dark and melancholic atmosphere, but do so in a surprisingly catchy and accessible and open way, without losing power and brutality. Accessible is probably not the right word though; the band lure you in with slower, lingering tracks, use melody and melancholy as bait and once you have descended into their gritty, scorched caverns that are their desolate and gloomy world, Arroganz jump out and suckerpunch you from your blindside in a blackened death style, only to finish you off with a death/thrash roundhouse kick to the head. At the core of this mixture of styles and genres always is a firm base of modern sounding death metal though. Well done. As on predecessor 'kaos.kult.kreation', the filthy black metal adge could have been more pronounced, but Arroganz again convincingly manage to concoct their very own witches brew from a lot of extreme metal ingredients.