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Avernus : Bury Me in Fire (EP)

Avernus have had a turbulent existence. After starting out writing some of the most highly acclaimed demo's within the death/doom genre, but also being totally ignored they became one of the undergrounds best kept secrets. On their debut they failed to deliver due to straying too much from their doom-metal roots, trying to incorporate many different sounds (among others being inspired by Loreena McKennit). After this time the band has gone through countless line-up changes, trying to re-capture its own identity. This showcased itself in a return to their older style songs, going back to the legendary 'Sadness' days. Now the band again sees a mostly new line-up, which also heralds the return of one of the oldest members, Rick Yifrach.

I believe Rick Yifrach's return is quite essential for the sound found on this new Mini CD. As far as I am aware, he was one of the main driving forces behind the more oriental and Celtic sounds mixed into the debut album. 'Bury Me in Fire' also again sees the introduction of these Loreena McKennit-esque sounds. This time around however the band does not repeat the mistakes found on '..Of the Fallen' and also stay true to their heavier death/doom sound.

'Bury Me in Fire' sees a good mix of Avernus as they were during the 'Sadness' and 'Godlessness' demo’s and the good parts of their '..Of the Fallen' debut. What the band originally set out to do in 1997 seems to finally have come together. Long melancholic guitar lines, bellowing grunts and melancholic metal spiced up with all sorts of Loreena McKennit-esque musical influences. This time around the influences are well hidden and are part of this very same music. Avernus as such succeeds in creating some creative Death/Doom again which is very interesting to listen to.

That is not to say this Mcd is faultless. The band themselves already mentioned they were not 100% content with the sound on this Mcd and I agree with them. Avernus are getting very close, but just lack that critical and ever mysterious 'edge' to push this Mcd to the level of for example their 'Sadness' demo. It's good, but could use just that little extra boost. I am sure the band will manage to achieve this in the near future again. Avernus has had countless problems and released both brilliant music and mediocre music, but overall I feel this band does keep growing and still has the potential to create something wonderful.

Overall I think 'Bury Me in Fire' shows good progression compared to 'The Stor Sessions' and 'The Isolationist' promo's, although it lacks a real attention grabbing song such as 'The Isolationist's title track. Highly enjoyable Death/Doom of a band that never seems to have gotten any lucky breaks, while deserving more then a few.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Bury me in Fire
2. Bastard Sons of Man
3. Losing Feeling

Duration : Approx. 21 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Aldo Quispel
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