Saturday, 8 February 2014

Austerity - Self Titled

'Self Titled'

Review by Elek Malcolm-Madill

Genre/s: Dark Ambient, Atmospheric Black Metal, Blackened Noise
For Fans Of: Nortt, Drudkh, Lurker of Chalice

Lulling you into a false sense of security with it's first track "Lacrime", Italian band "Austerity" manage to sooth your ears while still providing a sense of uneasiness- but come on, something so nice and peaceful couldn't possibly transition into anything darker, right? Wrong. Though it's peaceful dark ambient tracks such as "Une Luce, Lontano" and "Nelle Tempeste d'Acciaio" will make you feel totally at ease, before long they abruptly transition into tracks of insane, chaotic noise that will completely jerk you from the sense of calm you might have been feeling just moments before. The effect Austerity reaches with this is absolutely excellent and totally unique, and becoming almost abusive as you work your way through the mammoth of an album while being soothed, then beaten mercilessly, then soothed again, then beaten mercilessly again, then- oh well, you get the idea.

1. Lacrime
2. Nacht und Morgenröte
3. Une Luce, Lontano
4. Novembre
5. Nelle Tempeste d'Acciaio
6. Ad Nihil

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