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Aubzagl – Eilifa Kuldinn

Eilifa Kuldinn
by Justin "Witty City' Wittenmeier at 04 July 2019, 8:46 AM

AUBZAGL is a Black Metal band from Yorkshire, England. “Eilifa Kuldinn,” is their first EP, they also released a demo last year.   As far as Eps go, there is a lot of content here—eight tracks clocking in at almost 30 minutes. The band’s sound is closely related to more traditional Black Metal but it is isn’t lo-fi at all.  Nor is it non-stop tremolo picking or a non-stop cash of battering drums that go nowhere.  I actually found the music to be quite atmospheric in places.  Rhythm wise, the structure of the songs are chock full of riffs; the band works very well together giving each a song a nice flow and cadence.

The first track, “Null,” is a short intro that creates a melancholic mood before the open fury of “The Hermit,” roars into the ears. The first fifty seconds or so is total Blackened fury; then for a brief moment everything stops to let in some sparse, ambient melodies before kicking into high gear again.  These little elements, these nooks and crannies, find their way into the album often and everything is better for it—it really gives the music a more open fill while also make the whole package a bit more complete.   The rest of the song glides along with a decent groove and a subtle layer of depression and loneliness.  The band’s brand of melody and layers takes a several listens to seep in, thus creating a sound that is aggressive yet thought provoking to a degree.

Varaha,” is a track that is bursting at the seams with seething intensity, especially with the drums and riffs.  A more careful listen to the track will reveal some standout bass maneuvers that are a world of their own. The band is really at their best in moments where they change things up on a dime such as on “Voices of The Aether,” at around the 2:27 mark where the temp slows and the riffs get washed by shores of slightly melodic but definitely atmospheric riffs.  The deeper Blackened growls serve to keep up the intensity, as do the intense drums especially the cymbal work.

The final track, “The End of All Things,”  is the most varied and epic, highlighted by a middle section of ambient textures that leads into a sorrow jam accented by tortured screams. As much as I enjoyed this album, I can’t help but feel that something is missing. To me, the bands is just on the edge of something truly great.  The sound and talent is there but it is still just on edge of exploding.  I’ve no doubt that by their next release, the Black Metal scene will have a much broader canvas to be impressed by.

Songwriting: 7
Originality: 7
Memorability: 7
Production: 7

3 Star Rating

1. Null
2. The Hermit
3. Varaha
4. The Oath of Blood
5. Voices of The Aether
6. Ogilt
7. The Adversary
8. The End Of All Things
Arron – Drums
Jamie – Guitar
Paul – Bass
Andy – Vocals
Record Label: Independent


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