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Auroch
From Forgotten Worlds
September 2012
Released: 2012, Indie
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: JP

Canadian Metal Spotlight-Part 2



About once a year or so I’ll dig down deep into the frozen permafrost of the Canadian Metal scene and share some worthy releases with a wider audience. Since we don’t get summer up here in the Great White North I’ll bring you a little cold front of Metal albums and a quick review of seven recent albums by newer bands from coast to coast. Being a Canadian writing for a Canadian site it is the least I can do, in a patriotic sense, to help give a little exposure to my fellow Metallions of the north but that doesn’t means they get a free ride, just because they are Canadian! These bands actually deserve your attention;



Auroch (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Begrime Exemious (Edmonton, Alberta)

Black Moor (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia)

Dark Forest (Calgary, Alberta)

Maglor (Calgary, Alberta)

Odium (Walkerton, Ontario)

Ze (Calgary, Alberta)



Please feel free to check out the other reviews in this feature. Last month we featured:



Demona (Quebec)

Haiduk (Calgary, Alberta)

Kemilon (Montreal, Quebec)

Striker (Edmonton, Alberta)

Titan’s Eve (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Valfreya (Montreal, Quebec)

Ye Goat-Herd Gods (Calgary, Alberta)



Enjoy!



This is probably the heaviest album of this month’s feature. The debut album by

Auroch starts with and dives right into the title track FROM FORGOTTEN WORLDS. It’s immediately apparent that this is a ripping slab of classic Death Metal. Auroch fits the Death Metal mold quite nicely, a short album of 8 songs just over 35 minutes, an ominous world with skulls and such for the cover art and good production. I’m not sure why they named their band after a giant extinct cow, but I suppose it is no different than naming your band after a white snake or a steel panther.



There is a decent blend of Swedish and American classic styles here, lots of speed pummeling riffs and a guitar buzzsaw guitar tone. The vocals are pretty brutal, which is a good thing. The lyrics have a Lovecraftian theme although having never read the author myself, I didn’t draw as many references as someone who might be more familiar. I appreciate when a band tries to go above and beyond just descriptions of gore, although those are always good too!



FROM FORGOTTEN WORLDS is a very commendable debut album. The band go from strength to strength while staying faithful to the genres conventions. I expect we will be hearing more from these guys.
Track Listing

1. From Forgotten Worlds
2. Fleshless Ascension (Paths of Dawn)
3. Slaves to a Flame Undying
4. Dregs of Sanity
5. Pathogenic Talisman (For Total Temporal Collapse)
6. Terra Akeldama
7. Bloodborne Conspiracy
8. Tundra Moon

Lineup

Sebastian Montesi Guitar, Vocals, Bass
Paul Ouzounov Guitar
Zack Chandler Drums

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