Label: Indie Recordings
What do you want from an Aura Noir album? Trick question. You shouldn’t go in to an album by this band wanting anything – you go in expecting something, and being confident that you’re gonna get it. Specifically, what you expect to get is ugly, gnarled black-thrash that plays with reckless abandon and no fucks given – and that’s exactly what you’ll get from Aura Noire. The latest album is as solid as the band (one of the best of the genre) have ever been, an unadventurous – yet still thrilling – blast of eight songs (and an outro) that put the metal in to black metal, horns raised to the sky and heads banging without restraint.
Is Aura Noire going to be your favourite Aura Noir record? Probably not. Unless it’s your first encounter with the band, the shock at just how excitingly ugly their music is has probably worn off a little, and things feel a little more restrained than on debut Black Thrash Attack and Out To Die. Yet it’s a question of degrees – compared with most bands, Aura Noire still sounds like the kind of music that rebels against the notion of being controlled or tamed in any way. It showcases a veteran band who still have considerable passion and talent for their music, and anyone who enjoyed their previous records will surely be in to Aura Noire.