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Review: Austere - To Lay Like Old Ashes
To Lay Like Old Ashes

Label: Eisenwald
Year released: 2009
Duration: 54:41
Tracks: 6
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: April 20, 2009
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Readers Rating
To Lay Like Old Ashes

Rated 4.36/5 (87.14%) (14 Votes)

A gray Easter Sunday, great day to listen to and review Austere's latest output, To Lay Like Old Ashes. This is the second full-length from this Australian duo. Mind you, the guys also have two split albums since their recent (2007) formation, one of which I had the chance to review last year.

European countries are usually associated with depressive Black Metal, so perhaps Austere is pioneering this underground movement, and we'll witness more of this sad darkness hailing from the land down under. The music of Austere borrows elements from Doom, Black and Funeral Doom Metal. Under a cloudy sky and gray desert scenery, you will discover heavy and distorted riffs, clean and distorted arpeggios, ambient keyboards and pounding drums. The main vocalist has a desperate screaming rasps, similar to Silencer, although more discrete. Faster paces can be heard here and there, but a moderate tempo is more commonly used to transcend the weight of melancholy this sort of music carries. Opener and closer are both instrumentals with lots of contrast. "Down" is the shortest composition at 1:31, with. thunder, keyboards and clean arpeggios filling its parts. "Coma II" bears its name very well: contrastingly lasting over 20 minutes, the heavily distorted riffs and arpeggios are played repeatedly, in a mesmerizing piece of sadness . Discrete keyboard hues appear like shy hope of brightness along the road, but the inevitable storm of thunder and rain ensues. "This Dreadful Emptiness" and "To Lay Like Old Ashes" are both my favorites' songs here. They are made of great depressive parts, choirs-like keys, piano, wind and church bells.

Austere is a good place to spend your somber days to come.

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