Poland/Iceland's Above Aurora have returned with a new recording which shows the music going into more of a pessimistic trance-like style of black metal and this is a review of their 2020 album "The Shrine Of Deterioration" which will be released in June by Pagan Records.
Melodic guitar leads start off the album while the heavier riffing also adds in a decent amount of dark sounding melodies along with the music also having its atmospheric moments. All of the musical instruments on the recording also have a very powerful sound to them.
Vocals are mostly deep yet angry sounding blackened metal screams while the music also gets very hypnotic sounding at times. During the faster sections of the songs a decent amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can also be heard which also gives the recording more of a raw feeling.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with a couple of the tracks also being very long and epic in length as well as the music also bringing in more of a modern black metal style, clean playing and acoustic guitars can also be heard briefly on a couple of songs. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover the various dimensions of pessimism.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from Above Aurora and if you are a fan of modern, aggressive and atmospheric black metal, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Virus" and "Splinters". 8 out of 10.