|Review: Aosoth - III|
Label: Agonia Records
Year released: 2011
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: May 13, 2011
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 4.1/5 (82%) (20 Votes)
This is a big change for Aosoth. Their last disc was very glossy and 'modern' sounding BM in the vein of their buddies Watain, but I am gratified to see them going off in a darker direction, producing a more substantive album this time out. This is an awesome disc of pure Black Metal by a band that remembers what this shit is supposed to be about. III is a tense workout of shredding, atonal riffs, crushing heaviness and oppressive atmosphere. This is much murkier and more unfriendly than the otherwise excellent Ashes of Angels, mining out deeper, uglier sounds intended to increase tension rather than resolve it. This is an album of noises intended to make you feel uncomfortable and unwelcome - the very heart of Black Metal. The production is stellar, being a muddy, thick, black-frozen wall of crushing noise and stretched-out midrange sounds that sounds like a literal soundscape of Hell. Aosoth emerge as the band to watch in the realms of raw Black Metal.
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