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The black metal band Aetranok was spawned in the high desert of New Mexico in the small town of Aztec, but from the sound of their music you’d think they dwell in one of the lower levels of Hell. Their second album, Kingdoms of The Black Sepulcher, is set for release on April 26th by Symbol of Domination (Belarus) and Death Portal Studio (U.S.), and today we present the premiere of a lyric video for the song “Ov Precipice and Bestial Purity“.


The lyrics of the song proclaim that “the mantra of ruined angels vibrates the heavens to rubble,” and they celebrate the advent of an immaculate oblivion. “Here lies the abyss,” the vocalist shrieks in scorching tones, and the music matches all these words.


A martial snare pattern and the moaning of deep horns announces the coming of Aetranok’s sonic oblivion, and then it arrives in a fury, with bursts of heavy rampaging riffs, militaristic drum blasting, and those incinerating vocals. The torrent is marked by writhing, dissonant guitar flurries and groaning, distorted bass detonations, and an ominous keyboard melody rises up and slowly heaves across the maelstrom-like storm of sound. It’s a breathtaking assault, and a chilling one as well.


One more track from the album — “Signum Eios Barathrum” — is available for listening now on Bandcamp, where you can also pre-order this devastating album.




Aetranok  are  a  band  from  Aztec,  New  Mexico  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Kingdoms  Of  The  Black  Sepulcher"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Symbol  Of  Domination  Productions  and  Death  Portal  Studio.


  Militant  drum  beats  along  with  some  atmospheric  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling.


   Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  riffs  also  using  a  decent  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  a  few  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  sci-fi  atmosphere  and  on  the  closing  track  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  ritualistic  direction.


  Aetranok  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  and  keyboard  orientated  while  still  being  very  aggressive  at  the  same  time,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Nihilism  and  Occultism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Aetranok  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.




The overwhelming majority of new black metal releases that come in for review to SFM666 are either by bands who perform traditional sounding raw BM or atmospheric BM. Out of all the black metal sub-genres (and there are many) those two seem to be most popular. One genre that over a decade ago was prominent is symphonic black metal. Now for obvious reasons it took a nosedive in popularity. But in the past couple of years I've been hearing new bands bring back the sounds o that sub genre without any o the trappings of it's past.



AETRANOK is a five piece black metal act hailing from Aztec, New Mexico. That's a small town located in the northwest corner of the state. The area is also called the high desert and no it's not a frostbitten kingdom but cold and somewhat desolate, yeah. Although looking at the song titles there's no reference to their whereabouts. Musically you would think otherwise.



Kingdoms of the Black Sepulcher is this band's second full length. Now when I suggest symphonic black metal I'm referring to their use of keyboards. Fortunately they're not used in a way that a decade ago I would've called cliche. They're not used as a standout. Instead they're placed perfectly in the mix. This leaves the soundscape as a whole to be furious and fierce as well as allowing some melody to seep through.



The major highlights on this seven song blast are the harsh vulture like vocals that come at you like talons ripping flesh. The band's use of that wall of sound effect, a mainstay in symphonic black metal and of course the song structures. AETRANOK are the new name when it comes to great USBM. This release proves that.