Lunar Aurora
Hoagascht


4.0
excellent

Review

by A.K. USER (64 Reviews)
July 29th, 2012 | 16 replies | 3,078 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Lunar Aurora is back after 5 years with a well written mid-paced black metal riffer.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Lunar Aurora are back after a 5 year hiatus. In that time the lineup has changed quite a bit. While Aran remains at the core of the group, the other two members that were involved with Andacht (2007 LP which received overall positive reviews) are now gone and Lunar Aurora now again consists of its two founding members. Some changes in style are noticeable which is to be expected, given that Lunar Aurora have always had a bit of a polymorphic style in the bounds of the black metal genre. Hoagascht gives us a intelligent well made album that is up to the standard Lunar Aurora has established for itself over the years.

The album begins on a bit of a slow note. Spoken word and minimal electronics introduce the album, the intro is rather of an ambient persuasion and this themes carries throughout the album. Atmosphere is nothing new to this band and this album creates an immersive sound for the listener. The album is conceptually about the bands roots in the German state of Bavaria and the culture of the area. Lyrics are written in the dialect of the area and are a bit difficult to process even for a native speaker, though the core themes do come through string enough. The album does have a very personal sound, the album is less grim and cold than some of the other output of the band such as Zyklus and seems to have a more introspective mood to it, helped along by the slower paced sections that contemplate on minimal meditative ideas.

Production wise the work is solid. Rhythm guitars have the crunchy brittle sound that the Norwegians pioneered early in the 90s (Hvis Lyset Tar Oss comes to mind) and work nicely to fill the space between the rhythm of the drums and bass and the ethereal keyboard passages. Drums are well produced and competent, and generally hang around a mid paced beat who's simplicity gives space to the other instruments. Not just the sound, but the riffing and pacing remind of Burzum prior to Varg's incarceration. Again atmosphere and pacing really take precedent on this album, everything is deliberate, and the monotony of endless double bass and blastbeats to tremolo guitars is tastefully avoided.

The albums vocals are less aggressive than prior efforts and are actually fairly discernible (assuming you speak German) setting this apart again from a standard fast-paced-illegible-screams black metal band (say 1349 or any other so called norsecore). The band has refactored the speed and fury of Andacht into a more calm yet equally well thought out album. Some who enjoyed Andacht may be disappointed but the parallels are there and those initially disappointed in this album should perhaps let it sit for a bit and give another spin at a latter point.

Again the pacing on the album is superb, the riffing is not complex but the compositions are well written, going from a heavy riffer to an empty synth section with minimal vocals and some interesting effects manipulation to keep the music engaging and the listener interested. Structures are also varied enough to give themselves away to a listener unless one actively charts the songs structure while listening to it, nothing of the riff 1 riff 2 riff 1 riff 2 formula here. Pair this with well thought out riffs that are complemented by keyboards for added effect and you have a formula for success. The only complaint would be that there seems to be a space for melodic exploration that the band doesn't explore to full potential. The chord progressions are a really solid base and are in themselves strong enough to carry the songs, but sometimes one finds oneself wishing that there would be a nice minimal melody over the progression. Or perhaps this minimalism in itself will satisfy listeners by giving space for thought. Either way be sure to check out this album if mid-paced black metal is something you like.



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Silenius
July 29th 2012



302 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

First review in a couple years, critiques welcome.

CaptainDooRight
July 29th 2012



28297 Comments


good review pos

album was just ok imo

Digging: IQ - The Road of Bones

auberginedreams
July 29th 2012



5983 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pretty good m/

auberginedreams
July 29th 2012



5983 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

are there two versions of this album or something? because there's another album cover with an owl on it and on one the last track is like 30 seconds longer than the other, i'm confused lol.

BallsToTheWall
July 29th 2012



44164 Comments


Oh shit Silenius.

BallsToTheWall
July 29th 2012



44164 Comments


gREAT REVIEW BTW.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 29th 2012



16242 Comments


Sweet a Silenius review, pos. Gotta check this out.

CaptainDooRight
July 29th 2012



28297 Comments


Surprised u haven't heard this yet Crysis.

Silenius
July 29th 2012



302 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

are there two versions of this album or something? because there's another album cover with an owl on it and on one the last track is like 30 seconds longer than the other, i'm confused lol.


There are two covers but the tracks are the same on both versions.

jimmykidd
July 30th 2012



528 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice review. i haven't heard much bm this year but this is up there with the best. great atmosphere.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 30th 2012



16242 Comments


Surprised u haven't heard this yet Crysis.


Been slacking in terms of lesser-known releases this year. Been far too busy unfortunately.

CaptainDooRight
July 30th 2012



28297 Comments


I understand that bro. Hopefully busy in a good productive way which I have no doubt that you are.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 30th 2012



16242 Comments


Job hunting. Finally found one and starting on the 20th of August so all seems good right now.

CaptainDooRight
July 30th 2012



28297 Comments


Hell yeah good to here bro. Sounds like ur previous job, which I believe u had one, didn't work out. I wish you the best with this new one bro and hope they treat you well there.

ITsHxCTOASTER
December 2nd 2012



2474 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Oh boy, this is cheeeeesy

Dodecahedron
January 28th 2013



970 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I could never get into this, I don't know if I was expecting too much after Andacht or what.



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