Lunar Aurora
Hoagascht


3.5
great

Review

by Robert Garland USER (199 Reviews)
November 28th, 2012 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Mixing electronic ambience with the typical Lunar Aurora sound fans all know it’s easy to see that a five year hiatus hasn’t softened the appeal of Hoagascht.

Unlike the bands other releases Hoagascht is actually brought back a notch. All the features are there and the typical atmospheric inducing background noise remains one of the elements that makes Lunar Aurora’s music come together as a whole, but for all it’s worth the record itself has a subdued feeling about it. The vocals are ‘less’ harsh and even the steady riff work that is broken into even phrasing doesn’t leave the listener with the same aggressive full force of Lunar Aurora’s early days. This isn’t to say that Hoagascht has lost its appeal, rather the band itself seems to be maturing into a natural progression focusing less on a heavier approach to their black metal and in the long run is seeing an album that is written stronger musically.

Albums have come and gone under the Lunar Aurora moniker and with that comes better production, Hoagascht benefits from a less raw sounding production allowing the albums subtle features to envelope the listener wholly. One downfall for this record is the fact that it’s in a German dialect (great- if you can speak German) but as the general metal population speak English the concept of the album is more likely to pass through unnoticed and under the radar unless you have a translator ready to go. The album is readily mid-paced throughout separating itself from other black metal acts that rely simply on blast beats and tremolo riff work, tied together with Satan-istic imagery. Lunar Aurora may use a couple of these features here and there but their reliance is focused on intelligent song writing and intelligent phrasing. As for the music within tracks some listeners may find trouble with the “bare bones” nature of the music’s layering. There is riff and melody line but for the most part there is no discernible lead section. No soaring flamboyant guitar solos idolising in guitar wankery or noticeable main melodic pattern above the chords of the guitar. This simplistic creative process may leave room for the listeners’ thought process but largely it leaves a void that could have been filled with a small addition of strings.

Hoagascht is a shift in the band’s sound, just not a major one. The albums mid paced tempo may at times create a bore some listen without a little variance but for the most part helps reinforce Lunar Aurora’s natural maturing process after a five year wait. For 2012 the album is hardly ground breaking but rest assured that Hoagascht maintains an acceptable amount of quality for a veteran black metal outfit and throughout the album’s duration. This year’s release may not better Andacht or have the same bombarding impact that the debut had but for fans of second wave black metal with an ambient presence this is an album that will please. It’s not the best of the best but Lunar Aurora’s “bare bone” approach combined with its members personal maturing sees a black metal album of 2012 in a positive light.



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NocteDominum
November 27th 2012


7205 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Adding another 2012 review to my collection, too bad the year's almost at an end.

AfterTheBreakdown
November 27th 2012


7180 Comments


pos'd.

NocteDominum
November 27th 2012


7205 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hey Breakdown, you bm?

NocteDominum
November 27th 2012


7205 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah I know what you mean Capitano : ] This was between a 3 and a 3.5, and because I'm a positive kinda guy I rounded upwards. Thanks man



As always, constructive criticism is welcome.

NocteDominum
November 27th 2012


7205 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Your pos'ing is most definitely welcome my rebellious pirate overlord. : ]

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
November 28th 2012


4469 Comments


You've been reviewing quite a lot lately. It's good to read your work I have to say.
POS'd.

Ignimbrite
November 28th 2012


5562 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good album, good review.

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NocteDominum
November 28th 2012


7205 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks guys, and yeah reviewing a little bit.

NightmareCinema16
November 28th 2012


2016 Comments


I can't stop loving your reviews, man. They've been very good, lately. POS, btw.

bakkermaarten007
November 28th 2012


3897 Comments


The album art of Andacht freaks me out.

NocteDominum
November 28th 2012


7205 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks heaps nightmare, I have more to come : )

zaruyache
November 28th 2012


8363 Comments


All of these songs aren't even on youtube so I can't listen to this without downloading it (which I
don't want to do) :/ Someone should fix this.

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Hawks
November 28th 2012


36689 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Why don't you wanna download it?

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NocteDominum
November 28th 2012


7205 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

All of these songs aren't even on youtube so I can't listen to this without downloading it (which I

don't want to do) :/ Someone should fix this.




Is this a debate about paying for music? Wow.



zaruyache
November 28th 2012


8363 Comments


Viruses and stuff, man! I'm a little bit legitimately paranoid about stuff, and I'd rather not
download stuff unless I have to. Just seems easier to youtube stuff most of the time. I say "stuff"
a lot.

NocteDominum
November 28th 2012


7205 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Stuff is good, things are better.

zaruyache
November 30th 2012


8363 Comments


so this album is things?

NocteDominum
November 30th 2012


7205 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Most definitely

Amphoteric
March 7th 2014


2014 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Ugh this album never does anything to me, which is a shame because Andacht is easily one of my favorite BM albums

emester
September 21st 2014


5282 Comments


Band is eghh....

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