Aptrgangar are a band from Chicago, Illinois that plays a very raw and primitive form of beastial black/death metal and this is a review of their 2010 and 11 ep's "Aptrgangr" and "Divination" which where released as a compilation album by EEE Recordings in 2013.
Song one "In The Fury Of Fire" starts out really fast and primitive with some blast beats being the deep black/death metal growls start kicking and the riffing is very repetitive throughout the song.
Song two "A Community Of Beasts" starts out with some primitive black/death riffing, deep growls and blast beats bringing in an early 90's old school feeling with the riffs being very basic and raw sounding.
Song Three "Serpents And Ghosts" show's a very heavy Von influence throughout the guitar riffs and vocals while the lyrics dont go into the satanic direction which adds something new to this genre while still covering a very dark topic.
Song Four "Primitive" changes the pace for the album with the riffing switching form slow to fast in the beginning before going into an all out bestial black/death attack while showing some traditional black metal elements in the riffing.
Song five "Thunder Without Rain" starts out with a fast primitive black metal riff then the growls kick in for a few seconds before the guitar solos start kicking in for a few seconds before switching back to the single note riffing.
Song six "To Serve, Destroy and Set Ablaze" starts out with some old school black death riffs while bringing in some power chords and deep demonic growls which add more power to the primitive nature of the song.
Song seven "They Never Question" starts out with a very slow and dark riff which has an old school death/doom metal approach before the growls kick in along with some faster black metal riffing and you can hear influences from both Incantation and Von throughout the song.
Song eight "The Hammer Of The Gods" starts out with some semi fast black/death metal riffing with alot of single chord riffing, demonic growls as well as the return of the primitive black metal guitar leads.
Song nine "And The Fall Of Man" starts out with some heavy drone style distortion while still utilizing the demonic growls with none of the faster riffing of the previous songs being present here and the music goes more for a black/drone direction while the vocals maintain and early 90's old school approach.
Song ten "Battles" returns to music back to fast bestial black/death metal with some of the faster playing and repetitive riffs which help add more darkness to the deep and demonic growls as well as the lyrics focusing more on war themes as well as some powerful guitar leads being utilized towards the end of the song.
Song eleven "North From Chaos" starts out with some heavy bass riffs, fast drums while adding a different style riff this time around while still retaining the black/death metal growls and guitar leads.
Song twelve "Floating Elements" goes back to the traditional bestial black/death metal sound of the earlier songs while retaining the guitar leads which help make the song stand out alot more with it's dark and old school sound.
Song Thirteen "Fragments of Disassociation" starts out with a very slow and heavy riff bring in a change from previous songs while still sounding dark at the same time with the bass sound being more heavy and the guitar riffs having a dark doom metal feeling to them.
Song fourteen "Seabeast Incarnate" returns to the album back to its normal sound with the song starting out very fast with some very primitive and repetitive bestial black/death metal riffing and evil guitar solos and leads.
Song fifteen "Divination" starts out with some fast and primitive riffing with the lyrics bring in some occult elements to the album while still not having the dark edge of the bands that have influenced the music of the recording's.
Song sixteen "Ad Astra" starts out with some heavy reverb and distortion being in elements of noise and drone to the song without none of the black/death style riffing or demonic growls of previous songs which changes the pace of the album.
Song seventeen "Sphere Of Being" starts out with some dark riffs before the fast riffs and demonic black/death growls kick in returning the album and music back to it's regular sound, while also mixing in some blast beats from the drums.
Song eighteen "South From Order" closes the album with some dark demonic growls and primitive bestial black/death metal riffs that for the most part remain the same throughout the song with no variety being utilized except for the solo towards the end of the song.
In my opinion Aptrgangar are very great sounding bestial black/death metal band that utilizes raw production and a different song writing approach then most bands from this genre and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED BUY.