Aura Noir Out To Die 2012 Indie Recordings
A Fifth album from Norwegian Black Thrashers Aura Noir.
The opening track Trenches was not filler, but it could have been better. The album starts out with a moderate grower of an opener track. The drums and guitars come off slowly chugging along as they build up into some detailed guitar solos and the singer has some Black Thrash vocals grating away at your ear drums. The Second track Fed to the Flames hits its peak much quicker and one does not need to wait very long to get to the important parts of the track,
Abaddon begins in with a very fast, and uncompromising thrasher with many times the chant of All For the Glory of Satan being heard.
The Grin from the Gallows has a sinister doomy beginning lasting for about half a minute before vocals come in, it has a less Black Thrash-like feeling and comes off as more of an authentic black metal song. The vocals are held a lot longer than usual, and the instruments are not used quickly.Withheld kicks off with frequent guitar solos, thrusting bass, and steady drumming, the speed and brutalness of it are only surpassed by Abaddon.
Priest’s Hellish Fiend, has a fairly serious and angry tinge to it, all the instruments have a most dissonant and shattering feel as the song begins, with the drums having at times a melodramatic pattern to them. The vocals come in around one minute into the song with the screaming of BLACK FEVER! Some of the guitar solos are mesmerizing.
Deathwish comes in with a relentless feel that there are still some exciting moments to be enjoyed from this release. It begins with rapid drumming and then moves onto some nice melody from the guitarist and bassist, and a little less than a minute the vocals kick in, and the singer has lyrics like Captain of Death, Signals of the undying,
Out to Die finishes off the album with a moderate circling feel with the grunts of Captain of Chaos, Signals of the undying, mesmerizing wire of the darkling and has a steady moderate pace to the song.
The 3 best tracks on here are clearly Abaddon, The Grin From the Gallows, and Withheld.
I give this a 8.3, as with nearly all black thrash I really dig it, there were some really exciting songs on this release, but I felt like some songs like The Grind From the Gallows and the title track Out To Die slowed this album down and if they were better I would’ve given this album a 9 Point Something.
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