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.