Here is an excerpt from a comprehensive review by Ivan Tibos from Concreteweb.be for "Pioneers."
"As from the opening track Pioneers it’s clear (unclear might be more appropriate) that Avitas have no intentions to betray their roots. Thanks for that, Myrtroen! The song (and this goes for about all of them) brings an extremely heavy, pushing, pounding and, at the same time epic-melodic interpretation of timelessness. The structures surely are rooted within the greatness of the nineties, but the final result cannot be limited to ‘old school’ alone. It’s difficult to explain. No, there are no progressive or modernistic elements for sure, but the material just exceeds the limitations of the nineties’ scene. Avitas still come up with the necessary variation in speed, combining mainly fast, somewhat f*cked-up riff passages with a (limited) handful of massive decelerations, permanently focusing on a cohesive result. Vocally Myrtroen’s voice is quite recognizable, distinctive from the ‘average’ scream, and rather comparable to some East-European, hoarse, sore throat. Anyway, Magickal Rites From The Ancient Aryan Tomes, the second track, opens quite thrashing, with an energetic opening riff that sort of maintains an occult vibe (in an inexplicable way I cannot but think about some of the heavier excerpts by Absu)...Satan Delights In The Darkness And Blackness, Which Are Opposite To The Whiteness And Light That Please Heaven (what’s in a name?) is much darker in atmosphere than both former pieces, and that’s just excellent. It just fits. This track is rather focusing on blasphemy, and that corresponds to both song title and sphere. Satan Delights … has a certain gorgorothian malignancy, but a surplus on top of the misanthropic nastiness is the semi-acoustic intermezzo towards the end of this lengthy composition, somehow flirting with the Apocalyptic Folk tradition...Raincoast Necromancer is a mostly h(a)unting, eerie and suffocative piece, which includes some dissonant guitar rhythms and discordant melody lines... With the next piece I was truly surprised, probably because I didn’t read the song titles when I listened to this album the first time. It’s a cover of Ministry’s N.W.O. (from their best album, Psalm 69), totally re-interpreted and deconstructed / reconstructed. Actually, it sounds quite cool because of the refreshing approach. The seventh song, Midnight Bonfires To The Lunar Eclipse, is the most Pagan-oriented one on Pioneers, I think. Especially the epic tremolo leads, the organic drum patterns, the acoustic guitars and the fierce outbursts, as well as the Nordic-sounding melodies, strengthen this statement. Personally I totally adore the vocal lines used on this song, being purely acid / sulphur / venom, and smartly mixed at the background...85/100" Ivan Tibos, Concreteweb
Full review: http://www.concreteweb.be/reviews/avitas-2
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