Friday, December 2, 2011

Best of 2011 - Volume 9 - Avichi - The Devils Fractal


From: USA
Year: 2011
Genre: Black Metal

Avichi is a black metal project formed by ex-Nachtmystium guitarist, Aamonael. It also features some solid drumming by Nachtmystium drummer Charlie Fell. The guitar playing on the album reminds me of John Cobbetts work in Ludicra at times and at other times, on the repetitive riffs, it reminds me of a VERY slow Krallice. On a few tracks I even hear some eastern influence in the scales kinda reminding me of Melechesh. Add all this together and you have a very interesting black metal album. As usual the theme of the album is Satan but Aamonael seems to be more interested in the philosophical and metaphysical aspects than screaming about decapitating goats or some shit. In any case all the usual adjectives apply, it’s ominous, its evil, etc. etc. For me it’s all about the riffs, which are awesome. He tends to use tremolo picking sparingly so you know it’s not a typical take on the genre. The tempos tend to be on the slower side for BM, with some off-kilter beats used throughout, though there is some blasting here and there. Get it from Profound Lore.


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