Review Summary: Transcend the abyss…
In 1902, when Albert Einstein started working at the Swiss Patent Office in Bern, a senior colleague came to him and said “This office has no real use, as there is nothing new to be discovered or invented”. If only that man knew... In disciplines such as science or art, a somewhat misplaced consensus tends to prevail from time to time; all the important discoveries have already been made, and there is little (or no) room for new breakthroughs. In reality, their frequency is dependent on the amount of people that stand on the shoulders of giants and strive for greatness, through determination and hard work. With respect to death metal anno 2013, Switzerland’s Bölzer are a characteristic example of a band extending the genre's boundaries.
A simple quote of the inherent excellence surrounding the majority of Swiss metal outfits, regardless of genre, may seem adequate for introducing the band’s work, but this three-song EP really deserves a more elaborate description. Bölzer have granted their material an analogue, thick and warm sound. The duration of the EP approaches that of a short full-length album (23+ minutes), and as the temporal length of each song does not fall under the 5 minute mark, the outfit unfolds an adventurous extreme metal hybrid, which prompts the potential listen to get carried away by its primordial grooves. Filtered through a veil of demented/majestic psychedelia, early ‘90s, muddy blast-beat death/black metal succeeds and it’s succeeded by abysmal doom metal passages. The majestic element is there due to the airy, transcendental "rhythm guitar" leads which sound as if they were played by a distorted synthesizer or a Hammond. Dementia, on the other hand, comes in the form of epic/pagan vocal invocations (Alan from Primordial may come to mind) that complement the excellent deep guttural ones.
Instead of a epilogue; in recent interviews, Bölzer stated that a complete concept for a full-length album is as yet on the works and EPs are, for the time being, the perfect packaging format for their music. In a time where most metal outfits release 12-song albums almost every two years, these words are a relief for those tired of listening to albums half-full with filler songs. In that light, Aura
will keep death metal fans satisfied for all the right reasons.