Addaura
Burning for the Ancient


4.0
excellent

Review

by CaptainDooRight USER (93 Reviews)
February 27th, 2012 | 72 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: My hands keep stretching, reaching for the skies, hoping that one day I will obtain my goal.

When your whole being is consumed by a task/goal at hand, focus is of greatest eminence. Everything you do, whether it be eating, thinking, or breathing, are sacrificed and dedicated to this destination at hand. To the surrounding world such allegiances can be awe-inspiring. "Burning for the Ancient" relates in a similar fashion to such pursuing doctrines. When a swimmer is striving to smash a time or even the world record for long distance, audiences can't help in noticing the skill level and grace required for such a feat. Although everyone knows the swimmer is going to continue with the same strokes and underwater kicks, raising and lowering their head during each breath, redundancy does not deter from the enjoyment. Addaura is likened to such spectacles.

Addaura is mostly known as a Cascadian Black Metal band which is basically a scene of black metal artist' emerging out of the Pacific Northwest region of North America; such as Wolves in the Throne Room. They play a type of atmospheric black metal with longer than typical song lengths. The Ep "BFTA" averages at about 13 minutes per song with 4 tracks. This overall Ep length of 52 minutes is almost unheard in the world of Ep's, giving "BFTA" more than enough time to show it's listeners what it's capable of. With so much time dedicated to an Ep, fans of Addaura should expect a full length very soon.

Not only does "BFTA" draw emotions of facsination from its listeners, the nature of such lengthy songs allow the audience to zone out and become encapsulated by it's unforced but forward pressing characteristics. It's as if you've become the swimmer embarking on this journey of life and freedom, challenging your own wits to self glorification. Before the quest is undertaken the right mindset must be obtained; knowing that a tedious excursion awaits you. The soft acoustic interlude of "City Light[In Still Dark Forenoon Silence]" seperates your mind from the world around you. The building tom tom patterns prepare you for the dive into the ocean. As you take your plunge you know there is no turning back. You know from this piont you have done everything in your power to prepare for the hurt and pain you will feel as you as you slowly reach your azimuth. When the drums come in with medolic pushing tremolos you know it's you against the elements; the freezing water, the shark infested waters, fatigue, and doubt. This is what you've come for, this is what makes you feel alive, this is why you do it. I will not give up, I WILL keep striving.

"The Muses Thro' Their Bowers" represents the possible breaking point with full steam ahead blast beast that only let up for seconds until resolve is once again obtained for furtherance. The long hull of mid-high tempos are a play on emotions; contemplations that carry you through till the end. The neverending swaying melodies represent the waves of resistance, yet the motivating factors behind your endeavors; they are constant, yet vary depending on swell push which occasionally changes tide. "Solace Beneath a Greying Sky" is found as you near the end of this journey. You know you can obtain it. The mellow ambient pianos scream in your mind "This is it!". Second wind is achieved and press you once more for the finale. Being the most gratifying part of "BFTA" as is the conclusion to your journey, all emotions are released into a barrage of tears and euphoria at the same time as the melodies and climax flourish. The pain of of hours upon hours of non-stop striving are reaching their plateau. The creshendoe-like melodies are your anthem to succession; the profusion to a higher being.

With an Ep that pushes boundaries of not just musical technicality, but emotion, Addaura prove their worth amogst their contemporaries such as Fell Voices, Deafheaven, and WITTR. If you like atmospheric black metal you will love this.



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Eclecticist
February 27th 2012


3863 Comments


I found this album particularly boring. If I had to rate it based on the two listens that I gave it I would place it as a 3/5.

Tyrael
February 27th 2012


20988 Comments


great album, need to relisten hard

Eclecticist
February 27th 2012


3863 Comments


I don't think that I could re-listen to it, nothing about it makes me want to go back to it.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
February 27th 2012


16654 Comments


heard this was good but everything about it makes me think it won't be... i'll give it a listen later this week when im back on my usual pc

Digging: Drudkh - Microcosmos

Tyrannic
February 27th 2012


3262 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice

Hawks
February 27th 2012


35870 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review. This rules hard.

Digging: Chief Keef - Sorry 4 The Weight

Eclecticist
February 27th 2012


3863 Comments


I doubt that I will return to this album but since I agree that I didn't completely listen to it I will refrain from officially rating it so that I don't bring down the rating unfairly.

In terms of criticism I have two pieces of feedback. The first is that I would get rid of that analogy. Analogies are never used in objective attempts mostly because if what the subject that you are comparing is at all similar to what it is that you are comparing it to, then what you're comparing your subject to would be more like your subject rather than what it is that you are comparing your subject to. So unless you feel like getting highly specific as to what it is in your comparison that is so similar to your subject then I would scrap the analogy altogether.

Also, I would be interested in a little more description in your first paragraph to compensate for your analogy if you choose to scrap it, if I hadn't heard the album I wouldn't be so certain as to what it is that you are driving at in your introduction.

BallsToTheWall
February 27th 2012


44805 Comments


Solace Beneath a Greying Sky sounds pretty good a few minutes in.

Eclecticist
February 27th 2012


3863 Comments


I understand and I appreciate what you were trying to convey, however there are better ways of conveying your message and I hope my advice helps you with that.

Wizard
February 27th 2012


19772 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This overall Ep length of 52 minutes is almost unheard in the world of Ep's,



Moonsorrow did an E.P a few years back that was 70 mins.



This sounds good, nice review.

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Wizard
February 27th 2012


19772 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They have two new songs on it (one being 30mins long) and the rest are awesome covers.

DoubtGin
February 27th 2012


6756 Comments


"overall Ep length of 52 minutes is almost unheard in the world of Ep's"

that's just wrong

Beachcoma
February 27th 2012


526 Comments


TREES m/

cb123
February 27th 2012


2088 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

will check this out, their demo was pretty good

Digging: Aidan Baker - Already Drowning

eternium
February 27th 2012


16352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is pretty awesome.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
February 27th 2012


19379 Comments


i have this downloaded but i have listened yet

along with like 50 other albums

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pizzamachine
February 27th 2012


12598 Comments


I find this boring. :/

Hawks
February 27th 2012


35870 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I find this to be a lot better than the demo.

Spec
February 27th 2012


27550 Comments


Saw the album art and was like "gotta be black metal."

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feanaro
February 27th 2012


949 Comments


looks interesting, will listen.



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