|Global Metal Apocalypse||
Poland's Above Aurora will release their menacing debut record Onwards Desolation via Pagan Records on the 27th of May. In anticipation of its arrival, the band are now streaming the first glimpse 'Open the Wounds' on No Clean Singing.
'Open the Wounds' is emblematic of the entire of 'Onwards Desolation'; just as the six tracks drift from atmospheric doom to propulsive black metal, building tension and releasing it in barrages, so too is 'Open the Wounds' a masterclass in tension and release. The ebb and flow of its darkness is hypnotic; it lulls the listener into a state where the band can cast their ominous imagery into the mind. The 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.
Stream the song here.
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