Avrigus - Beauty And Pain review
|Album:||Beauty And Pain|
01. Beauty And Pain
03. A Banquet Of Souls
Nine years have passed since Avrigus' debut album, the majestic The Secret Kingdom. Eversince silence had covered this fabulous Australian atmospheric doom metal act. Nine years after, Chiara is no longer member of the band, her voice was lending an immense depth in the compositions as if she was a muse inspiring mind and soul. Megan Robins is the new female singer, bearing the burden to partake in the band's dark yet devout sound. Simon Gruer still remains the mastermind of Avrigus and he can't have made a choice that would harm the band's sound aesthetic. The Hidden Citadel will be their second full-length that has been scheduled for 2010, as for now, an EP arose, Beauty And Pain, which prologues the forth-coming release.
Beauty And Pain is the natural continuation of The Secret Kingdom, it seems as if time didn't affect the sound concept of Avrigus, atmospheric doom metal still flows in their veins and a better production is quite vivid. The band has progressed though, but you will still find this "foggy", lurking guitar riffing that accompanies the floating keyboard melodies that evoke devoutness and mystery, along with the beauty of nature that comes forth through the overall atmosphere that has a folkish edge. It has to be the usage of acoustic guitars that overflow the album, not in a bad manner at all, along with some marching-oriented drumming and the violin, the piano and keyboard passages that bring forth a serene feeling. Megan has a beautiful voice, ethereal still whenever needed, but also presenting a more accessible aspect, offering interpreting diversity.
Beauty And Pain is what the title says, Avrigus breathes emotion and nostalgia, taking you far away, but it's only an EP that prepares the audience of what will probably follow after so many years in absence, all we have to do is wait and let's hope The Hidden Citadel will come out during 2010.
||Written on 11.10.2010 by "It is myself I have never met, whose face is pasted on the underside of my mind."|
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