Ava Inferi - Onyx


7.9 | 89 votes |
Release date: 14 February 2011
Style: Gothic doom metal

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01. Onyx
02. The Living End
03. A Portal
04. ((Ghostlights))
05. Majesty
06. The Heathen Island
07. By Candlelight & Mirrors
08. Venice (In Fog)

Line-up
Carmen Simões - vocals
Rune "Blasphemer" Eriksen - all guitars, backing vocals, samples & fx
João Bandido Samora - drums
Jaime S. Ferreira - bass
André Sobral - live guitar

Additional info
Recorded in TapRoom Studio (Grindvoll, Norway), Ultrasound Studio (Moita, Portugal), and Bandido Warehouse Of Stolen Bikerparts (Lisboa, Portugal).
Additional sounds created and recorded at My Home - Your Tomb (Almada, Portugal).
Produced by Rune Eriksen.
Engineered by Jaime S. Ferreira (TopRoom) and Hugo Andrade (Ultrasound).
All vocals supervised, co-engineered, and co-produced by Daniel Cardoso.
All recordings were done between June - August 2010.
Mixed and mastered by Dan Swanö at Ultrasound Studio, Sweden.
All artwork by Costin Chioreanu, www.twilight13media.com.
All music and arrangements by Rune Eriksen.
All lyrics by Carmen Simões & Rune Eriksen.

Staff review by
KwonVerge
Rating:
8.3
Portugal has its own dynamics in the atmospheric gothic/doom metal scene, of course every band affiliates more with some of the aforementioned characteristics and I don't place every one of them in the same generic category. To be more precise, Ava Inferi move towards a gothic metal destination while they infuse a doom-driven vibe within their compositions.

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published 06.09.2011 | Comments (16)

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14.02.2011 - 21:14
Blasphemer1992
The atmosphere on this album is fantastic
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15.02.2011 - 14:32
RavenKing
There's already an album titled Onyx.
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They shake your hand and they smile and they buy you a drink
They say we'll be your friends we'll stick with you till the end
But everybody's only looking out for themselves
And you say who can you trust I'll tell you nobody
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21.02.2011 - 13:02
Rating: 9
Hargrock
Written by Blasphemer1992 on 14.02.2011 at 21:14

The atmosphere on this album is fantastic

Agreed Gothic Angel
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23.02.2011 - 21:58
Rating: 6
Enemy of Reality
This was a disappointment. I like the first two tracks and The Heathen Island, but the rest is too derivative, hollow and stripped of emotion. I prefer the previous album Blood of Bachus.
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25.02.2011 - 13:09
Rating: 10
R'Vannith
ghedengi
Written by Blasphemer1992 on 14.02.2011 at 21:14

The atmosphere on this album is fantastic


I agree, its very atmospheric. Reminds me of Madder Mortem at times.
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25.02.2011 - 15:39
Blasphemer1992
Written by Hargrock on 21.02.2011 at 13:02

Written by Blasphemer1992 on 14.02.2011 at 21:14

The atmosphere on this album is fantastic

Agreed Gothic Angel

I like especially tracks "Onyx" and "Majesty" And what's your favourite on it ?
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01.03.2011 - 15:46
Rating: 9
Dominus
The Shooter
I never heard this band before. This album is awesome!
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02.03.2011 - 08:14
Rating: 9
Hargrock
Written by Blasphemer1992 on 25.02.2011 at 15:39

Written by Hargrock on 21.02.2011 at 13:02

Written by Blasphemer1992 on 14.02.2011 at 21:14

The atmosphere on this album is fantastic

Agreed Gothic Angel

I like especially tracks "Onyx" and "Majesty" And what's your favourite on it ?

Yea the opening track and Majesty, has a Blood of Bacchus tinge to it, seems like they don't veer too far away from their sound after 2 years or whatever. Good choice with Majesty though
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02.03.2011 - 17:05
joaonvno2009
I'm loving the album, is very atmospheric and has great melodies and melancholy shares.

Great attention to the beautiful voice of Carmen Simoes and the composition of Rune Eriksen.

Favorite songs:
Onyx
The Living End
Majesty
By Candlelight & Mirrors
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23.07.2011 - 19:27
Rating: 9
SceneryOfLoss
I don't understand how bands like Amaranthe have a greater rating than Ava Inferi. This is music!
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07.09.2011 - 17:35
Rating: 9
Jeeers
Wow, this is good album, I like it. Way better than previous one, which had annoyng & mediocre vocals (at least this time the solist doesn't try to sing notes, she can't).
My favourite one is "Venice In Fog"...
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16.11.2011 - 17:25
Rating: 7
Ag Fox
Angel No More
Is it only me that hears a bit of Enya in "Majesty"? =P
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loves 小巫
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30.12.2011 - 13:38
Rating: 8
Draugen
This album is my first experience with Ava Inferi so I can't compare it to their previous releases but what a fantastic album it is!

Right from the start I felt that it was going to be something special. All the songs are captivating in one way or another with varied melodies and vocal approaches by Carmen. The album manages to be dark, cold and beautiful at the same.

It is an enjoyable addition to the otherwise stagnant female fronted gothic metal scene of today and I'm really curious to see what the band will come up with next.
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30.12.2011 - 13:59
Rating: 8
Susan
Smeghead
Does anyone know what film they sampled into this album?

Very lovely music, indeed!
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"A life all mine
Is what I choose
At the end of my days"
--The Gathering "A Life All Mine" from Souvenirs
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04.01.2012 - 15:56
Rating: 10
R'Vannith
ghedengi
Written by Susan on 30.12.2011 at 13:59

Does anyone know what film they sampled into this album?

Very lovely music, indeed!


The '73 film 'The Wicker Man'
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04.01.2012 - 16:00
Rating: 8
Susan
Smeghead
^Thanks!
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"A life all mine
Is what I choose
At the end of my days"
--The Gathering "A Life All Mine" from Souvenirs
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04.01.2012 - 21:37
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by Susan on 04.01.2012 at 16:00
^Thanks!

Agalloch also sampled quotes from the same movie on their White EP. And for the record, the remake made me want to burn alive in a giant wicker cage.


NOT THE BEES
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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11.01.2012 - 22:02
Night Sight
I don't see any thing special with this.i love the genre, gothic doom is my favorite genre but their music is very boring with boring and repetitive female vocals.
nothing with Portugal's and making good gothic music.it reminds me of moonspell.
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Alone in birth
Alone in the darkness
Alone in death
Alone in the daylight
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10.02.2012 - 09:31
Rating: 8
Midrel
I think I might prefer Blood of Bacchus, but I love the way Carmen sings in some of the songs here. Not to say the music itself is bad at all.
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16.02.2012 - 23:34
Rating: 8
Paradox0
Unasuming Madnes
Beautiful atmosphere. Sometimes its the simpler approach which gets things done.
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11.04.2012 - 18:12
Rating: 8
NocturnalStalker
Metal Addict
Beautiful and captivating album.
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"And we are not who we think we are
We are who we're afraid to be"
- Lux Occulta "The Opening of Eleventh Sephirah"
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11.05.2012 - 22:11
Rating: 8
omjaimes
omjaimes
This album impressed me, beautiful atmosphere in a very intelligent music... without doubt Portugal has the present and the future of gothic/doom metal
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21.12.2012 - 13:22
Rating: 10
R'Vannith
ghedengi
Written by Guest on 21.12.2012 at 12:24

I can't believe that i finally was able to enjoy this witch singing, somehow i find the ridiculous witch shrieks of the previous albums absent and she seems to have accepted that her vocals are just average and thus use them without trying to hit notes she can't, if they continue with this sound perhaps their coming albums will be enjoyable to me.. my highlights heathen land, venice in fog, the living end


I agree somewhat there (not about the witch thing, or about her being average ) she sounds much more comfortable here than on previous albums. Seems to have found a better way to fully express her voice. I think it might be the denser atmosphere that makes her sound more at home.

And something about this album just pulls me in time and time again. Once I start listening there's no stopping it.
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21.12.2012 - 13:56
Rating: 10
R'Vannith
ghedengi
Written by Guest on 21.12.2012 at 13:45

Written by R'Vannith on 21.12.2012 at 13:22


I agree somewhat there (not about the witch thing, or about her being average ) she sounds much more comfortable here than on previous albums. Seems to have found a better way to fully express her voice. I think it might be the denser atmosphere that makes her sound more at home.

And something about this album just pulls me in time and time again. Once I start listening there's no stopping it.

haha,oh come on, she does witch vocals at some point with her laughs, plus the fact that their lyrics are so nature oriented in a pagan-wicca kind of way. yeah,true, the atmosphere is present for once and its enjoyable


Maybe I'm just under the witch's spell Can't say the lyrics struck me as "pagan" or "wicca", they have something to say about nature but that's not uncommon in metal I think.
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03.03.2014 - 01:25
Rating: 8
Mehdi Taba
Mehdi Taba
Just check it out these tracks:
04. ((Ghostlights))
08. Venice (In Fog)

My final rating is "8.3".
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