Aubzagl – Eilifa Kuldinn

Spread the metal:

Reviewed: August, 2019
Released: 2019, self-released
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Bob Davidson

If you like black metal, you’re going to like this. In some respects, that’s all the review you need both for the release and for the band’s future. It would be remiss of me not to mention just how politely phrased the bio sent in by drummer, Arron, is. Manners maketh man, and all that, and these chaps come across as proper gentlemen.

This Yorkshire black metal (Leeds to be precise, which has spawned more than its fair share of great line ups) hasn’t a flat cap nor ferret in sight. For a first release this is undeniably impressive. In many respects it’s textbook stuff, with all the boxes checked for frenetic, dark metal, but they do have a discernible melodic element all the way through. Paces and rhythms change regularly, as do motifs, textures and timbres. One of my music teachers once told me that every bit as important as what you play is what you don’t – she called it ‘sunlight’ between the notes – this is palpable throughout, with nicely timed breaks and crisp delivery. The whole EP is enjoyable, but I particularly liked “The Hermit” for a kick-off, with its catchy baseline and rallentando to a rich, dirgy finale. There are the expected interludes of weird electronica, which work, and then the final track is somewhat protracted, giving the whole release a suitable climax.

It’s not ground-breaking, by any stretch of the imagination, but I think they have the potential to be. It’s professional, tight and manages to be elaborate without being overly flamboyant – the makings of something good?


1. Núll
2.The Hermit
4.The Oath Of Blood
5.Voices Of The Aether
7.The Adversary
8.The End Of All Things

Arron – Drums
Jamie – Guitar
Paul – Bass
Andy – Vocals