Aurora Borealis - Timeline: The Beginning And End Of Everything
12 February 2011

01. Our Legacy
02. Crucible Of Creation
03. Formation
04. Stygian Depths
05. A Creature Called Human (Among Other Things)
06. The Evolution After Evolution
07. The Only Space Race That Matters
08. Beyond The Oort Cloud
09. Tearing Holes In The Fabric Of Time
10. Prelude To Cessation
11. The Rebirth

No need to dick around. This is a band with fucking hair on their chest. This is a band whose sound is so inflaming it makes hell look like a girl scout campfire. This is a band you should check out, like, right fucking now. That's basically the short version of this review.

For the uninitiated, Aurora Borealis is a long-running US-schooled extreme metal band, bringing a lethal mix of death, black and god knows what else. Timeline is already the band's fifth studio release - their first in as many years - and follows about the same formula that earned them recognition. Needless to say, this is the kind of thing that will tear you to shreds.

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Now for the five people interested in the exciting second half of my review...

What makes this band even more evil in nature are the raw-as-fuck vocals. Pouring an infinite amount of hatred directly into your ear canal, these harsh black metalish shrieks are so vicious they will make you sleep with a nightlight on.

As you might have guessed, this is one of those albums that breathes an air of hospitality. There's only one little problem with such an approach: the accessibility. You see, inasmuch as Aurora Borealis opts for difficult song structures, syncopated rhythms and constant tempo changes, the number of memorable tracks is close to nil. For this reason, dealing with such a menacing slab of blackened death metal can become a tough thing to do. A strong stomach might therefore be required.

Already one of the death metal highlights of this year (with many more to come).

Band profile: Aurora Borealis
Album: Timeline: The Beginning And End Of Everything


written by Thryce | 07.03.2011


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Elodie Artour - 07.03.2011 at 23:04  
Yey, I'm among the five ones!

Apart from the somewhat (or at least a bit) irritating vocals, I actually found their music pretty melodic. I could listen to that album every once in a while. It definitely sounds way better than your average death metal stuff (most of which I can't really stand...)

What I especially digged were the guitar parts. If it wasn't for them, I would have probably found the whole release way too heavy.
malaikat - 08.03.2011 at 00:07  
Yeah, from the review I wasn't really expecting this album to be THAT melodic. Kinda Lunar Strain on steroids imho (just a very subjective thought). And that's kick ass in my book
Luneth - 08.03.2011 at 02:56  
This was pretty good, would probably say between 7 and 8, but will listen to it a couple more times first.
Merchant of Doom - 08.03.2011 at 13:10  
This is fucking boring.
MeloDeathViking - 09.03.2011 at 01:01  
I'm not usually a huge fan of death metal, but i liked what I heard on their myspace and definitely have to check out this album.
Enemy of Reality - 09.03.2011 at 01:09  
It's good, but not that good...
MétalNoir - 09.03.2011 at 15:58  
The vocals are boring AND annoying. The guits aren't bad though.
Boxcar Willy - 09.03.2011 at 18:38  
I hate bad DFeath metal vocals so i probably wouldnt like this..
SODOM666 - 11.03.2011 at 07:07  
Stop ripping on the vocals! It reminds me of Carcass in the Heartwork era
SilentScream - 15.03.2011 at 02:05  
I knew very little about this band, but I am pleasantly surprised by this release. Very good stuff!

The vocals annoyed me at the beginning but they grew on me and I find they fit very well with the music. What? Were you expecting the same ol cookie monster vocals that you have already heard 2 million times before?

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