Lunar Aurora
Andacht


4.5
superb

Review

by fireaboveicebelow USER (108 Reviews)
December 12th, 2008 | 41 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist


Lunar Aurora formed in 1994 and have since released a constant stream of albums, as well as two splits, writing all of their lyrics in German, and not once have they missed an evolutionary step. Yet they remain a top quality black metal band that very few have heard of.Their vocalist, Whyrhd, owns the Cold Dimensions record label. A majority of their albums have gotten exceptionally positive reviews. Why have they remained in the shadows for well over a decade, releasing well-received black metal to an unknowing or uncaring majority? Well, I don’t really know, but the only certain thing is that Andacht is a hell of an intense listen.

For a black metal album of our generation, this interestingly enough does not contain repetitiveness…! Yes, black metal that is evergrowing, who would’ve thought? The album creates an atmosphere of not only desolation and melancholy, but also of complete destruction and rebirth. It takes you to a whole other realm where you are witness to the most beautifully horrific illustrations, only because the soundscape is fully organic in execution. The vocals are no one-trick pony (or even two-trick), the band never overuses piano/keyboard, and the drums fluctuate in rhythm, structure, and intensity based on the main melody/riff. Obviously this is much more enticing than the vast majority of the past couple year’s releases.

A vital significance of the album is that it plays like an album, rather than a bunch of songs. The compositions do well in evolving the album’s tone; you could say each song is an island. They’re each in their own right, each has their own features, and yet they’re all connected in a sort of chronological, mystical tale. Dunkler Mann plays out like the unwinding lunacy of Jack from The Shining, chock full of hypnotic riffs, low-pitched cackles, and well placed silence. And yet, once the song’s over, Findling ignites a theme only describable as triumphant or heroic. Imagine the sound of Diabolical Masquerade’s Cloaked By The Moonshine Mist or Bathory’s A Fine Day To Die, and amplify the atmosphere tenfold. It doesn’t make any sense at all, but it fits.

When I mentioned the vocals are not monotonous, I could expand the thought and say his duties range from Gregorian chants to singing to high pitched (but not annoyingly high) screaming to mid range screaming to low growls to shouted singing. You’d think he’d have faults with at least a couple of those areas, but each is just as powerfully performed as the next. There are times when his high screams and shouts could be better but they don’t take away from anything.

So the vocals aren’t as typical as expected, but what about the drums? Well, you’ll be pleased to know they don’t rely on ridiculous, machine gun- like blast beats for an hour. There’s probably only one area of blast beats per song, and even then they recognizably vary in tempo. I’m sure if I knew more about playing drums I could contribute more to this area, but as far as sounding exceptionally menacing and not overbearing they do their part (see Geisterschiff).

Being their 8th outing, it’s not too surprising that this is really well done. However, the band’s future remains to be seen. They released this in 2006 and immediately went on hiatus. This means you have time to venture to their back catalogue, yes? If I were to give you an album that nullified stereotypes in order to expand its creations, you would want it right? If I were to tell you a band didn’t rely on gimmicks, or necro-gimmicks for that matter, and still created an album so human and intrapersonal, I would have a hard time believing you wouldn’t want to take a peek.



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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
December 12th 2008


16467 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This album is pretty solid.

fireaboveicebelow
December 12th 2008


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

has anyone tried brushing their teeth to the tempo of double bass its fucking fun

rasputin
December 12th 2008


14555 Comments


Pretty good review, personally I don't like the first sentence, it sounds quite amateurish, but the rest is pretty good.

fireaboveicebelow
December 12th 2008


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

any suggestions perhaps?

there's a big lack of those recentlyThis Message Edited On 12.12.08

rasputin
December 12th 2008


14555 Comments


I don't really know, I just woke up and my mind isn't completely switched on, if you can't think of anything simply remove it/join it with the next sentence.

I.e. 'Lunar Aurora, formed in 1994, constantly releasing albums, as well as two splits, writing all their lyrics in German, and never missing an evolutionary step.

Although then you'd have to change that sentence around a bit, because it would sound awkward if you made that change.

I dunno.

DoctorNurse
December 12th 2008


475 Comments


I guess this sort of works,

"Lunar Aurora formed in 1994 and have since released a constant stream of albums, as well as two splits, writing all of their lyrics in German, and not once have they missed an evolutionary step. Yet they remain a top quality black metal band that very few have heard of."

Although its not really too different from what you have now. Just a suggestion though.

BallsToTheWall
December 12th 2008


44805 Comments


Album is amazing. ****, *****, ****. That good son. Good work partner in crime.

Digging: Pink Turns Blue - If Two Worlds Kiss

fireaboveicebelow
December 12th 2008


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thank you sir! I'm still waiting on your Caina review, Balls

btw I might adopt your suggestion dr. nurse thank youThis Message Edited On 12.12.08

Wizard
December 13th 2008


19613 Comments


The album creates an atmosphere of not only desolation and melancholy, but also of complete destruction and rebirth.


Very nice line!

Good review fire. Need to look into this!

Digging: Hans Zimmer - Interstellar

fireaboveicebelow
December 13th 2008


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks wizard, if you like the new Leviathan you'll love this

BallsToTheWall
December 13th 2008


44805 Comments


Having trouble downloading that shit for some reason. As much time as I spend on a computer you would think that I would know how to work one. Well, no I dont and it's not METAL!. I'll try mediafire again but need something new to listen to regardless. No new music is making me antsy.

fireaboveicebelow
December 13th 2008


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

geez balls, I've given you two links already, what's your email

BallsToTheWall
December 13th 2008


44805 Comments


Jabba jabba.This Message Edited On 12.13.08

fireaboveicebelow
December 13th 2008


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

on the way

DoctorNurse
December 13th 2008


475 Comments


Not too bad from what I heard on their Myspace, but I've not really been in the mood for Black Metal lately.This Message Edited On 12.13.08

Wizard
December 13th 2008


19613 Comments


thanks wizard, if you like the new Leviathan you'll love this


I was just listening to that last night.......fucking wierd.


fireaboveicebelow
December 13th 2008


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I have ESP in case you didn't know

heyseuss
December 16th 2008


384 Comments


This album fuckin slays.

fireaboveicebelow
December 16th 2008


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

glad you like it

Meatplow
October 8th 2009


5524 Comments


This is pretty good. It usually takes me a while to warm up to any BM album though.



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