Aaskereia
Dort, wo das alte Bose ruht


4.5
superb

Review

by Hawks USER (71 Reviews)
April 7th, 2011 | 31 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Early contender for the best black metal album of the year.

Before a few months ago, I've never even heard of Aaskereia and then one day Spirit rec'd me their newest album, Dort, wo das alte Bose ruht. Having never heard anything about the band prior to that point, other than the fact that they were a black metal band, I was pretty interested to see just what kind of black metal I was dealing with. Saying that I was surprised by this band after spinning this album a few times would be an understatement because I got what could be an early contender for the best black metal album of 2011. Aaskereia is a band that likes to mix together both depressive black metal and elements of folk metal. Yeah, not something that is all too original in this day and age, but with that being said, the band pulls it off very well and is reminiscent of earlier Ulver and Borknagar mixed with a hint of Paysage d'Hiver.

Right off the bat you're hit with some clean baritone vocals that would automatically remind you of something that you would hear from one of the most classic black metal vocalists, Garm of Ulver fame. One hell of a way to start off an album and a damn good first impression if I do say so myself. From that point on you're hit with a fantastic and equal mixture of both the cleaner vocals and some very tortured harsh screams. The harsh vocals are very pain-ridden and the misery can easily be heard. That's where the element of the depressive black metal rears its ugly head. Mixing both of the vocal styles is very refreshing. As for the instrumental aspect of the album, once again, it's a mixture of some different elements. On one hand you have the band going for a chilling atmosphere with some tremolo picked guitars and blast beats from the drums, something that black metal fans are used to. And then on the other hand you have the folk element coming into play with acoustic guitars showing up a lot more than once during the album. A perfect example would be the third track entitled Winter. It's a very atmospheric instrumental that is entirely acoustic with howling wind in the background giving off the image of a chilling night during a harsh blizzard or something of that nature.

The production of the album goes perfectly along with the lyrical content, which is all about the bitter cold winter, darkness, and frostbitten forests. Once again, something that seasoned black metal veterans would be extremely familiar with. While the production of the album is clean for the most part, it's still very cold and goes perfectly along with the feeling that the band is trying to convey with the concept of winter. Just think of a band like Paysage d'Hiver, only with a less fuzzy, low-fi production. While that fuzziness is definitely an element that is unique and helps to further give off that chilling feeling, it's not always needed and Aaskereia prove that point right here.

Without a doubt Dort, wo das alte Bose ruht is an album that came out of left field and is something that is an extreme surprise for me. This album is something that should be wanted to be checked out by black metal fans, right up there with Ash Borer's self-titled and the highly anticipated upcoming Primordial album. A lot of people probably have never heard of the name Aaskereia, but now would be the time to look into them because this is definitely going to be a sleeper in the running for best black metal album in 2011 when the year is up. You all just wait and see.



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Hawks
April 7th 2011


35837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Listen to this.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
April 8th 2011


16137 Comments


How hard does it Satan?

Hawks
April 8th 2011


35837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It Satan's pretty hard. No kinda shoegazey stuff or anything like that on this one. I think you'd dig it.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
April 8th 2011


16137 Comments


I'll be sure and give it a spin then. Though, my outlook is one of pessimism seeing as how I haven't been too thrilled with any black metal offerings this year.

MO
April 8th 2011


19083 Comments


gonna check it for sure

Hawks
April 8th 2011


35837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well at least give it a shot. I know you like early Borknagar and this is definitely influenced by that.

TheSpirit
April 8th 2011


18003 Comments


this is pretty good. i remember when i rec'd you this

Hawks
April 8th 2011


35837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I knew it was you lol. I couldn't completely remember though. Gonna give you a shout in the review.

TheSpirit
April 8th 2011


18003 Comments


thank you my good man

Hawks
April 8th 2011


35837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No problem dude. I was gonna do it initially, but I wasn't positive if it was you, and I didn't wanna look like an idiot haha.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
April 8th 2011


16137 Comments


Downloading this now. Was just listening to the new Blut aus Nord, but I didn't get very far before I switched to something else.

TheSpirit
April 8th 2011


18003 Comments


Didn't strike you Angel?


Hawks
April 8th 2011


35837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You didn't like it? I really dig the new Blut Aus Nord, but yeah this is completely different than that.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
April 8th 2011


16137 Comments


Struck me as Deathspell deep-throating with way weaker riffs and musicianship. Wasn't very engaging, but I'll listen to it again when I'm not exhausted.

MO
April 8th 2011


19083 Comments


Der boshafte Geist is a good tune from this. Must sleep, will listen to the rest at work.

"Nur der boshafte Geist, tief drin im Baume, bleibt."

Those stubborn spirits.

Hawks
April 8th 2011


35837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@ Angel - Hmmm I really never got that impression at all. But hey, opinions are opinions.

@ Metallic - Good to hear you're liking it so far bro.

Tyrael
April 8th 2011


20978 Comments


It Satan's pretty hard.

Pos.

sifFlammable
April 8th 2011


2741 Comments


Yeah new BAN is pretty lazy compared to their other works imo.

gna try this soon, thanks hawks

Wolfhorde
April 8th 2011


13690 Comments


Not bad, even though the production didn't strike me at first. (At least to me it seems you have to listen to this pretty loud and with more bass)


Digging: Vi Som Alskade Varandra Sa Mycket - Den sorgligaste musiken i varlden

Tyrael
April 8th 2011


20978 Comments


Yeahh it's good old 'classic' production.



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