Aureole are a 1 man band from Portland, Oregon that plays a very ambient and atmospheric form of black metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "Alunar" which was released by Fallen Empire Records.
Bells and a very atmospheric, dark ambient sound starts off the album along with some epic sounding synths before going into a very slow, raw and melodic atmospheric black metal direction while also keeping around the synths and after awhile grim black metal screams start to creep their way into the music silently.
When solos and leads are added into the music they bring in a more modern and melodic approach to black metal and the ambient elements are mixed in with the heavier parts throughout the recording along with most of the tracks being very long and epic in length and there are also a couple of instrumentals present on the recording.
Most of the music sticks to more of a slow to mid paced black metal and one of the later songs is a pure ambient piece where the synths start evoking more of an avant garde presence and the later tracks while they still use a little bit of vocals the main focus is more on creating an ambient black metal style.
Aureole creates a style of black metal that focuses more an the ambient side while also keeping the atmospheric, raw and melodic qualities of the genre to create a recording that is very dark and epic sounding, the production has a very dark and raw sound while the lyrics cover space, cosmos, medieval and solitude.
In my opinion Aureole are a very great sounding ambient, atmospheric black metal project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Citadel Alunar" and "Crusade of NGC 5128". 8 out of 10.