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Aura: creative oldschool death metal - 98%

Opus_Oculto, September 2nd, 2013

The amazing Aura EP from the swiss band Bölzer was able to differentiate itself amid the myriad of releases of this year for one simple feature: its innovative musicianship. Even not having anything essentially new in terms of arrangements and melodies, this is not a common EP because it succeeded perfectly in handling various musical elements typical of death and black metal into a work worthy of big names like Morbid Angel, Deicide and Death.

In Aura, the riffs have a tune fast and complex, whose tone distortion gives the tracks an environmental aspect extremely obscure. The main riff of Entranced by the Wolfshook, for example, is long and complex, showing that Bölzer is not a tremolo picking death metal band. For his great creativity, the riffs are the highlight of the tracks along the EP, calling the listener's attention for a dark and disturbing musical atmosphere.

The gutturals differ also by their diversity, ranging from powerful treble à la Glenn Benton and David Vincent , that alternate with harsh passages as in the classic Transilvanian Hunger by Darkthrone , finishing with desperate screams echoing from the background that remind me of Rainer Landfermann of Bethlehem . The sound of the vocals is chaotic and dissonant, and often during the tracks, the listener ends up being taken to a distressing feeling of despair caused by the masterful combination of different vocals.

There is not much to comment on the drums, because they are not the highlight of the EP and are just a background to the great work of riffs and vocals. Also, in the mix the sound of the drums got little attention (which was common to happen in classic black metal albums of the early 90s).

With Aura, their second official release, Bölzer shows that it is a solid band of creative artists who are not interested in ascending the swiss underground to the mainstream media abusing of musical clichés but want to show that one can mix the obscure black metal sound with the power and force of death metal and build a job distressingly striking.

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