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Ava Inferi  - Onyx (Album)

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Where is the oomph?



Guitarist Rune Eriksen, aka Blasphemer of Mayhem, moved to Portugal in 2004 and started Ava Inferi. The swaying, slow, clean guitar melodies of Ava Inferi represent a stark contrast to Mayhem’s blazing inferno of speed picking, and the thrash attack he took with Aura Noir. Vocalist, Carmen Simões, who has contributed vocals to Moonspell, upholds these shimmering notes with an alluring siren voice. With Onyx, the group has brought us more Gothic-tinged metal we’ve come to expect from Season of Mist Records.

The term “down tempo” often serves as a general term to describe slow music. Usually doom metal and sludge fall within this description. At times, the guitar work on Onyx has a doom-y vibe, but I hesitate to call this a doom metal album. “A Portal” and “The Heathen Island” reference Black Sabbath. The former track features a riff akin to “Zero the Hero” or the Danzig version, “Her Black Wings.” Eriksen’s riff near the end of “The Living End” rolls with the same destructive power as a mid-tempo My Dying Bride rhythm.

Unfortunately, these guitar parts were the only sections capable of grabbing this scribe’s interest. “The Heathen Island” contains sound samples from the classic movie The Wicker Man (not the piece of garbage Nic Cage version) that gained my attention. The song’s lyrics seem to recreate the pagan ideas of Summer Isle’s inhabitants. The poetic nature of the band’s lyrics and the beautiful tones of Carmen’s voice bring a positive note to the band, but the album fails as a whole to engage this listener.

Ava Inferi tries to create grand dynamics by creating lull points of gleaming, clean guitar within each song, and then picks up the pace and adds a harder texture. Just like classical music, these lull points are bound to lose a metal fan’s attention. Besides segments such as the dramatic vocal lines found on the title track, there are few vocal hooks. Often albums such as Onyx are a helpful sleep-aid, but in this case, that is not a good thing.

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by Darren Cowan, on February 23, 2011
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Release : February 14, 2011
Genre : Gothique Doom Metal
Record : Season of Mist
Playlist :
1. Onyx (04:48)
2. The Living End (06:49)listen
3. A Portal (04:55)
4. ((Ghostlights)) (06:46)
5. Majesty (05:52)listen
6. The Heathen Island (09:18)
7. By Candlelight & Mirrors (05:47)
8. Venice in Fog (05:58)
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Creation : 2005
Genre : Gothic Metal
Origin : Portugal




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