Addaura
Addaura


4.5
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Review

by TheSpirit CONTRIBUTOR (149 Reviews)
June 11th, 2010 | 137 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist


Whether you’ve recognized it or not, over the past few years northwestern American has become a great place to locate some class black metal. An example of the most popular project would obviously be Wolves In The Throne Room, although they are far from the only group worth mention to be spawned from that area; from the likes of the nature-obsessed Alda to the mysterious trio that makes up Fell Voices, the Cascadian black metal scene as it has come to be known (which endearingly shows support to its fellow projects by constant paired touring and advertising) seems to be carrying the future of black metal on its broad shoulders. Formed in 2008, the Seattle based Addaura may be the newest face on the scene, but if the 2010 self titled demo Addaura is any testament to their skill, it will be soon that this band makes their presence known worldwide as a black metal frontrunner.

While one would expect a band such as Addaura to be praised due to perhaps a new ground breaking approach to the atmospheric black metal in which they perform, nothing could actually be farther from the truth; the band actually plays a very standard form of atmospheric black metal, they just do it very, very well. They playing of two guitarists Steve and Ryan is extremely organic; melodic and flowing, their tremolo picked lines seamlessly progress from riff to riff, where every transition is natural continuation of the playing that proceeded it. For its majority, second track “Bereavement” , is a perfect example of the bands more agrestal approach to black metal; that is until the latter half of the song considerably slows down the tempo, opting instead to be dominated by a slow, pulsing drum rhythm and crushing harmonized guitar leads and the deep gutturals of backup vocalist Steve.

Although musically adheres very strictly to the usual black metal aesthetics, lyrically, they are quite the anomaly; instead of childishly preaching Satanism, or describing epic tales of frostbitten mountaintops, the band chooses much more interesting subjects of lyrics, such as stories based on Native Americans and interestingly enough, even Chilean romances. “White Deer”, details a tribe of Native American’s “rite of passage” ritual with lyrics such as- “Go into the night, the white deer beckons /Stealth has served you well /Time has come to test your will /The adored is forever true /Fore secrets concealed within fire and smoke. While these stories themselves are very interesting, no doubt it’s the conviction in the voice of female vocalist Chantal that fuels those words to epic proportions. Hoarse and raw, she obviously, puts everything into her performance and as a result, will soon be known as one of the genres best vocalists.

Whether it be breathtaking atmospheric black metal compositions (“Through The Rain”), melancholic folk breaks (“White Deer”) or bass-heavy clean breaks (“Ochre and Ore”), Addaura’s execution is near flawless. Taking touring rounds with location-mates Necrite and Elk, the band is doing its best to be recognized, but with an album like Addaura in circulation, it’s only a matter of time before everyone knows of this unique and marvelous band.



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TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
June 11th 2010


25079 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Love this CD

Digging: Lord Snow - SHADOWMARKS

kount
June 11th 2010


1279 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

does this have acoustic

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
June 11th 2010


25079 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

a little

kount
June 11th 2010


1279 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

god damnit

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
June 11th 2010


25079 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

sorry :/

ShadowRemains
June 11th 2010


25007 Comments


i'm wondering if that dude who posts pr0nz on your reviews is about to be back, spirit

Bitchfork
June 11th 2010


7584 Comments


Your review sounds like more of a 4 or even a 3.5 and you've used this introduction like 39 times, Brandon. God why can't you be better?

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
June 11th 2010


25079 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I hope not, don't remind them

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
June 11th 2010


25079 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

you reuse, stuff too so :P

jingledeath
June 11th 2010


7101 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

still need to listen to this

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
June 11th 2010


25079 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Do ittt..so so good

Dryden
June 11th 2010


13551 Comments


bums on the cover COOL

Bitchfork
June 11th 2010


7584 Comments


cover is pr0nz enough we need no more

Ire
June 11th 2010


41945 Comments


spirit is getting neg'd

wasn't me bro

kount
June 11th 2010


1279 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i give up on cascadian, have come to the conclusion ash borer, fell voices, and leech the only good.



you know the wendess demo might be up your alley it sounds strikingly similar to what ur describing here. atmosphere, acoustic, tremelo, all that crap for you to 4.5 :>

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
June 11th 2010


25079 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Fell Voices and Leech is really good, but i have yet to hear Ash Borer so I'll give them a listen. I've had the Wendess demo on my Ipod for some time but have yet to give it a listen but maybe I will now since you say it's similar to this. And haha yeah, we have quite different tastes in black metal, but i think we agree on few things (this obviously not being one of them)

alextheking
June 11th 2010


3 Comments


this sounds gay

kount
June 11th 2010


1279 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

lol

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
June 11th 2010


25079 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

COOL! somebodies alt

Zoo
June 11th 2010


3759 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Getting a little tired of these bands but I already dl'ed this so I might as well give it a listen.



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