Released: 2013, Iron Bonehead
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
After their 2012, 3 track demo selling successfully, this Austrian duo worked with Iron Bonehead Productions to reissue the said demo. It is now delightful to announce that the band have stuck with this great label to release their mini-LP, beautifully titled Aura.
Just over 20 minutes long, there is little to get bored over in any of these songs. It’s old school death metal, also with interesting influences from Grave Miasma, Autopsy and possibly even Akercocke. “Entranced by the Wolfshook” is a personal highlight, with dissonant brutality and frantic, discordant riffing.
Moving onto the second side of this record, the sole track, “The Great Unifier” is a ten minute epic to close with, but the length of the song seemingly diminishes into a web of brilliance, meaning the replay button shall be put to good use. This is by far some of the most well played and well produced death metal I’ve heard all year from the underground. The band covers many emotions and sounds in a very quick space of time.
It’s important however, to remember that the clarity and perfectionism demonstrated doesn’t take away from the energy, and the band never falls into the trap of sounding clinical or like a ProTools cut and paste group. The album artwork should give you a good idea of the sound to expect, dark and mystical with both traditional and modern vibes. This is a great record from a band who we should expect more good things from.
Review by Jarod Lawley