Thursday, 31 July 2014

Aum - Of Pestilence

'Of Pestilence'

Review by Elek Malcolm-Madill

Genre/s: Black Metal, Atmospheric Black Metal
For Fans Of: Vlad Tepes, Leviathan, Satanic Warmaster, Horna, Sargeist

Made up of "Tsar" on vocals, "Disease Fiend" on guitars and bass, and "Tawrich Mantis" on drums, Aum are a three-piece black metal rarity in that they're from China and based out of Hong Kong. The only other solid information I could find out about Aum is from their label's (Le Crépuscule du Soir Productions) distribution page where they're said to be "spawned forth from the toxic wasteland streets of Hong Kong during the end of 2009". Secret origin stories aside, Aum's EP "Of Pestilence" is a frantic, discomforting, and seemingly incessant journey through drowned vocals, thrashy riffs, and tight, crisp drumming that works well with the overall signature corpse-sound of black metal and works to set Aum aside from the bands of the early Scandinavian black metal scene and Les Légions Noires that they clearly draw much of their inspiration from. Although somewhat minimalistic most of the tracks are long and weighty, and build up a LOT of momentum- especially on tracks like "The Forge of Zurvan" which takes a little while to get there, but when it does it's a beast of raw power and energy that I can't wait to see what they'll be able to channel into next.

1. Temple
2. Place of the Skull
3. Sheath to All Swords
4. The Forge of Zurvan
5. The Thawing of Pestilence

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