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Review: Aisling - Aisling

Label: Independent
Year released: 2002
Duration: 44:32
Tracks: 7
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: May 28, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Aisling is a Pagan Metal band from Italy, quite a change from a country best known for its symphonic power metal bands. I was expecting something along the lines of in-your-face fast Black Metal, but to my surprise this offering is far more diversified than that. Part of the album is definitely fast and brutal as we have come to expect from this genre of music, but Aisling also added part of songs and even entire songs that are more folkish and/or acoustic, with a calm and relaxing yet sorrowful atmosphere. The vocals vary from BM-style screeches for the fastest stuff, to clean vocals (spoken and sung) that have a doomy feel to them.

The more relaxed parts of the album are kind of a double-edged sword here: While this makes for some variety and they are also well done, there is so much of that stuff on the album that at times you can almost forget that you're listening to a metal album. Personally that makes this an album that I really have to be in the mood to listen to. Keyboards are used quite a bit but are discreet enough and done well so that they blend in really good with the other instruments without overpowering them - I don't think they could have achieved the end result without the keyboards, as this is the kind of atmospheric stuff that just wouldn't work without them.

While the album is not outstanding, this is a very good debut for Aisling and I'd recommend those who can cope with the more relaxed stuff to check it out. Interesting material.

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