Aara - En Ergô Einai (2020)


Switzerland has been recently surprising us with their masterful Black Metal bands, Aara is another one of those outfits. Focusing on dramatic atmospherics and lush melodies, “En Ergô Einai” delivers over 33 minutes of emotionally intense music that brings back memories of bands like An Autumn for Crippled Children and Deafheaven. For those that like a melody and ambiance with their brutality, this album is one hell of a discovery.

Easing the listener into a state of hypnosis, a lush opening to “Arkanum” was laid down by Vindsval (Blut Aus Nord), as the band quickly escalates things with furious drumming, dreamy riffs and harrowing shrieks. The cohesion presented by seemingly disparate musical elements is quite effective as the duo’s music perfectly blends that subtle dreaminess with crushing aggression, perfectly illustrated by “Stein auf Stein”.

With certain Post-Black Metal undertones, the band’s music is quite effective in creating captivating atmospheres and ravaging onslaughts of brutality, as “Aargesang (Aare II)” delivers alongside its eerie atmospherics. Our favorite tracks have to be the modern sounding “Entelechie” as the perfect precursor to the duper dreamy “Telôs”. These two songs deliver a very interesting change in moods as the first track has a mode Deafheaven-like vibe while the second delivers those hair-raising keyboard/synth atmospherics of the 90’s from bands like Emperor and Limbonic Art.

Overall, “En Ergô Einai” shows a very promising band with an extremely powerful and well crafted sound. Brilliantly incorporating modern and old-school Black Metal approach, the duo behind Aara manages to craft one of the most powerful melodically devastating releases of 2020. Be sure to pick up a copy of this limited vinyl as you will be regretting it later.

Band: Aara Album: En Ergô Einai

Label: Debemur Morti Productions

Release: April 3rd, 2020

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Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal

Country: Switzerland

Rating: 95/100

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