Aurora Borealis
Worldshapers


4.0
excellent

Review

by Kunal Choksi USER (27 Reviews)
May 28th, 2014 | 9 replies


Release Date: 02/28/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Quality Black/Death Metal

This band has been around for years and years and it has mostly released albums via its own label. I remember the band struggling to promote its music on forums back in the day, and tracking its progress, each album was largely an improvement over the earlier ones. This band is playing black/death metal, remaining gritty not unlike Angelcorpse, but being more dynamic comparatively. It’s got a unique theme and all album artworks represent that. As the band name suggests, they’re mostly indicative of the Aurora Borealis phenomenon happening in the north side although the band has progressed to involve sci-fi imagery not too far removed from Nocturnus, where artworks are concerned. Musically, the band remains true to its original black/death sound but it’s doing it with far more potential and competency than the others. The latest 2014 album has bits of sci-fi fireworks but they’re too few and far between to really affect the music on an intrinsic level.

The band’s definitely got a solid US death metal sense and it’s not flirting too much with the European style of melody-infused death metal as it may appear. You’ll be surprised to find it so hard-hitting and gravelly and yet be rife with some of the most driven and enthusiastic activity. It’s not technical but it’s varied and god, it’s catchy. Again it’s not some dumbed down music, but catchiness with aggression, the kind they don’t make any more. Floridian death metal bands have much in common with the way Aurora Borealis structures its songs - apart from Angelcorpse, there’s the ever-present Morbid Angel influence, infected with early Malevolent Creation rabidity and some of the newer Monstrosity material similarity as well. This is what makes death metal so good, few could contest with that. It’s got death metal in its genes, but Aurora Borealis takes the vitriol from black metal especially in the vocal department and gives the music an edge that’s hard to miss. It’s refreshing in a sense because too often monotonous growls make the proceedings dull and repetitive. Here there’s that special spice, that sizzling quality that comes from the rasps, and with it a certain thrashiness to it as well.

The hooks make this album special. It’s normal to get lost in the music but they come as a constant reminder of the quality of the band’s music, never letting your attention drift too far away. I wish there were more atmospheric elements as the artworks suggest but if you want your music to be aggressive and gritty and riffy all the same time, you couldn’t possibly get disappointed with this. ‘Worldshapers’ is an accomplished effort, where the band has used its two decades of experience to make sure it’s as potent as ever, probably better. In times when numbing brutality is the order of the day, Aurora Borealis surely stands out, heads and shoulders above.



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zaruyache
May 28th 2014


7397 Comments


Sounds cool. I'll try to remember to check this out tomorrow. Good review.

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TzarChasm
May 28th 2014


166 Comments


^ Likewise. I'm leaving this page open to remind myself of this. Thanks for the review.

TheSpirit
May 28th 2014


18001 Comments


The Angelcorpse comparison has my interest piqued

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dh198
May 28th 2014


463 Comments


Nice review. I've listened to the band's earlier albums, so I'll check this out.

CaptainDooRight
May 28th 2014


30331 Comments


heard two tracks, were dec, vox immediately reminded me of carcass randomly

oltnabrick
May 28th 2014


31531 Comments


pretty sure this band is from Waldorf

edit: ye they are WEW

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oltnabrick
May 28th 2014


31531 Comments


you can download their entire discog (except for this one) for free off their website

http://www.auroraborealis.org/html/downloads.html

HallucinatingDeath
June 3rd 2014


18 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for reading fellas!

psyclonus
June 4th 2014


139 Comments


listening to this on bandcamp now, it's pretty damn good




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