Released: 2013, Van Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
At a quick glance of the cover art, you could be forgiven for expecting something exotic and jazzy, this necro sounding 4 tracker is nothing of the sort though. These Norwegians are certainly aware of their country’s musical past, and kick affairs off with the boisterous Per Aspera ad Astra, a lengthy, but abrasive tracks with lyrics dedicated to the occult arts.
"SALIGIA" is a mnemonic based on the first letters in Latin of the seven deadly sins: superbia, avaritia, luxuria, invidia, gula, ira and acedia, and this EP is certainly a sinful ordeal, Erik Danielson is certainly a name that springs to mind when the vocals of Ahzari are examined, and the ringing, arpeggiated guitar riffs certainly add to the Watain-like feel throughout most of this twenty five minute, Van Records release.
Secondly comes the title track, starting off with a dreamy feel, quickly interrupted by a slightly mediocre riff and some very basic, typical black metal drumming. Most the elements for great music are present, but I feel that a lack of good song writing is what makes this album “just another” album in Norway’s most infamous genre of heavy music.
Production wise this album is clean enough to hear everything crisply, but lo-fi enough to maintain the energy and power of the songs. I feel that a good use of keys or spoken word however, would only add to the music and make something that is more entertaining to listen to.
In a sea of a thousand black metal bands, it helps to stand out, but if you just love the genre completely, get this, you shall certainly be satisfied.
Review by Jarod Lawley