Released: 2013, Human Jigsaw Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
‘From The Bogs of Aughiska’ are a band from the West of Ireland who wanted to release an album inspired by the bleak environment of Ireland with its colourful history & culture.
Opening with the long drone and dark sounds, this album immediately got my attention and it’s always interesting to me to find the unique paths bands are taking now with mixing genres and creating genuine master pieces and I feel this band have done this with their own take on dark ambient metal.
You need to be extremely patient with the album as it’s not until the third track ‘Hell Complex (feat. Maurice De Jong - Gnaw Their Tongues)’ where the lyrics kick in, well I say lyrics, just more speaking really but as I completely adore ‘Gnaw Their Tongues’ it was no surprise I loved this, especially as I wasn’t sure what to expect, but was extremely happy to hear the raw sounds of this album and the strong atmosphere and message in these tracks.
There is a coldness to this album, with strong gusty winds playing in the background and you can easily imagine yourself standing alone, in the vast openness of Ireland, giving a chilling feeling of solitude…a feeling I am most comfortable with.
It was after a successful tour of Ireland which included a sold out show in Cork and playing alongside of ‘Alter of Plagues’ at Siege of Limerick that the band began work on their second album, taking the Dark Ambient sound in a bleaker direction. As stated before the tracks feature guest appearance from Mories (Gnaw Their Tongues/Aderlating/Cloak of Altering), Ken Sorceron (Abigail Williams), Chris Naughton (Winterfylleth) and Irish storytelling by Eddie Lenahan.
Track 6 ‘Roots Of This Earth Within My Blood, has more of a punch to it, introducing the black metal vocals and takes the album down a different path, but still keeps to it’s dark and bleak sounds until the ending track ‘Conversatio Morum’ rounds the album out with distorted church choir sounds until an abrupt stop, leaving me quite unsure of what I just heard.
It is no doubt not many people will get this album and just brush it off, but if you love your dark, obscure genres and horrific/different sounds with more storytelling than vocals, then this album is for you.
I would only recommend this album to those who are open minded with their music genres and to those who have a darkened mind, so they can truly appreciate the bleakness of this album.
From The Bogs Of Aughiska will be in London tonight [March 1st] at The Unicorn Camden with Zatokrev, Burial, and Fever Sea, so I strongly recommend you get there!
Review by Jo Blackened