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Aurum Solis : Рождение Солнца

Aurum Solis' well-played and well-recorded folksy Goth Doom debut has a melancholic and yearning vibe.

Ordo Aurum Solis was (is?) a Hermetic and Theurgic formed in the late 19th century, who are somewhat lesser known that some of their contemporaries, for better or worse probably due to the fact that Aleister Crowley was never a member. We haven't suddenly become an assessor of Victorian magical societies however, and this is a review of the debut album from a new Russian Gothic Doom project of the same name. Formed in 2013 by sole member Thanataur, 'Рождение Солнца' is not just the first full length, but the first release of any kind, and comes to us on Frozen Light records. Interestingly, there is a Doom-metal.com banner on the back of the CD, but we have sponsored this release in no way evidently Thanataur is just a keen fan of the site!

At this point I have no surprise when a one man act comes out with an extremely competent record as it seems with the technology available now the days where bedroom projects were inevitably terrible seem to be over, and this is another to add to the pile of very talented solo musicians. Vocally Thanataur puts in a strong performance with all vocals throughout the album in a straight death growl. Melodic complexity is mainly handled by the keyboards with the guitars and bass offering little more than a rhythmic underpinning. All the keyboard sounds are very complimentary to each other with metallophones and flutes being the most prominent.

I have to be honest though - overall I have been quite torn over what to make of Aurum Solis. The instrumentation/keyboard sounds in parts really reminds me of those often used in renderings of traditional English Christmas carols, as well as some modern hymns (I was in fact brought up attending evangelical churches until I reached an age at which my parents let me choose my own path) and I have in fact delayed the writing of this review until January solely to see if this opinion went away, which it has not. I have been quite worried that what this music evokes for me is going to be unique to the combination of my upbringing and cultural bias, and might seem totally off the mark to most people certainly it's extremely unlikely that a musician in Russia will have heard any of the things that this instantly brings to mind for me. Despite all this, it does take me back to fond memories of late winter nights as a child and I do enjoy it, but I can't help but feel that was not the intended effect!

Stepping away from any emotional attachment, this is a well-played and well-recorded folksy Goth Doom, with a melancholic and yearning vibe. The side of it that I have interpreted as 'Christmassy' would probably be described in less biased terms as 'magical' and this does have that elusive dreamy atmosphere of a well done adaptation of fairy tale. This would be something I would stick on if I was feeling a little world weary, but not to the point of depression. It has a sadness, but also feels uplifting. I find also that it has a very consistent feel and atmosphere throughout and has a good flow.

Try this if you are a fan of heavily keyboard driven Gothic Doom. I'd be quite interested to hear what others make of this, and if my own impressions are as unique as I thought: having scoured YouTube and got a number of clips at the ready, I'd be happy to discuss any of my assertions in the comments!

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Reviewer's rating: 7.5/10


Tracklist :
1. В объятиях мрака ночи
2. Отблески рассвета
3. Рождение Солнца
4. Восходы жизни плодов

Duration : Approx. 44 minutes

Visit the Aurum Solis bandpage.

Reviewed on 2016-01-11 by Kris Clayton
Thermal Mass
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