Debut full-lenght album from Polish black / doom metal band Above Aurora. These six tracks drift from atmospheric doom to propulsive black metal, building tension and releasing it in barrages. The ebb and flow of their darkness is hypnotic; it lulls the listener into a state where the band can cast their ominous imagery into the mind. The band's guitars create a loose, eery mistiness as the rhythm section commands driving counter-melodies and percussion, and amidst the intimidating mass of sound, vocals do not take center-stage, but blend with the darkness around. The presence of this human voice is not to bring comfort from the desolate instrumental; its rough-edged tones instead form the uncanny face of Onwards Desolation, just familiar enough for the listener to let its darkness deeper into their heart.
For fans of Burzum, Funeral Mist, Mgła and Watain!
Above Aurora also had this to say about the impending album release:
"Onwards Desolation is our commentary on the hopeless condition of mankind and the world as a whole. We wanted to combine the emptiness & void contained in the lyrics, with unpleasant, sometimes sounds curves and rough sound, which in turn creates an atmosphere exactly what we wanted. This record does not open new doors, not carrying relief is even encouragement to indulge in regression."
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This young man is a real up and coming force in black metal. His stuff reminds me of The Ruins of Beverast; this is just about as high of a complement as I can give a project, as I consider Ruins to have almost perfected what black metal should sound like. Grandiose and gross (love that vomiting sample); Cthulhu's black metal band. Matthew Arnold
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This Band could very well be my greatest personal discovery in 2019. The music is astounding in it's trance inducing engagement, with brilliant well thought out and meaningful lyrics as well.
An absolute Classic here, and so nice to hear Black Metal alive and reaching new heights this far into the game!
Don't stop here, though. Get EVERYTHING this Band has available!!! Bob Chasseur