Doom and gloom flavored, overwhelming, heavy and cinematic simultaneously, Aoria merging frozen Nordic melancholy with the strength of modern (post) Metal, building bridges between The Cure, Sigur Rós and the raw power and energy of Tool. We’re entering a realm of shadows, haze and dark despair, but Aoria’s music will lead us through and at the end, possibly, there is a crack of light and hope.
In July 2011, after four years of silence, Erik Nilsson of A Swarm of the Sun – vocals and guitars; Robin Bergh of October Tide – drums and Niklas Sandin of Katatonia – bass; began recording Aoria’s debut album. The album will be released October 10th on LP and CD, and is distributed world-wide through Sound Pollution. The album is recorded at Garaget Studio and produced by band member Erik Nilsson. It is mixed at Studio Riddarborgen by Magnus Lindberg (Cult of Luna, Khoma) who, with his uncompromising sound, has intensified what has become “The Constant”. The result, six complex, epic, disturbing songs, a doorway into a still fully unexplored, scary, but simultaneously tempting, hypnotizing world.
My favorite is the most intense, more focused “You Really Gave It All, Didn’t You?” with sever Tool influences, powerful riffs and excellent balance and contrast. More heavy riffs, more outbreaks from the drowning dark vibe which soaked throughout the whole album would make this journey further exciting and more bearable. Sometimes that constant dark struggling it’s a little bit too much, without outbreaks, furious takeovers and eventually release, it dangerously suck you into desperation and hopelessness. The closing “An Overwhelming Calm” also have some warmer, almost releasing tones, but throughout “The Constant” seems to be a perpetual, desperate struggle with the dark.