Metal Review – Ava Inferi – Onyx (2011)

Metal Review - Ava Inferi - Onyx (2011)Ava Inferi was created in Almada, Portugal, by guitarist and songwriter Rune Eriksen (aka Blasphemer, Mayhem). The debut album, Burdens, was released in January 2006.

Portugal’s Ava Inferi is back with another release displaying their dark, cold, gothic style of Portuguese Metal. Vocalist Carmen Susana Simões’ voice is as beautiful as ever on this release and the production is top notch.

As you may know, I am a big fan of Goth Metal, and with Rune Eriksen in this band, they do get me quite excited. Given the right mood, I think that this album could really high a high note with a lot of people. The songs are crafted very well with tempo changes and layered instruments. The music sounds like a horror soundtrack with ethereal, enchanted vocals over top of some very solid music. My biggest issue with the band is that the songs are quite average for the most part and they do not do anything that sets them apart from the other hundred thousand or so female-fronted Goth Metal bands out there. It is very tough to be a big fan of all of these bands since, at times, it gets hard to tell them apart.

Believe me, the album is not horrible by any stretch of the imagination, but there is really not much else to say about it either. You could listen to much worse music than Ava Inferi. I just cannot see me getting too many listens out of this album though.

Current Lineup
Carmen Susana Sim̵es Рvocals
Rune Eriksen – guitars
Jaime S. Ferreira – bass
Jọo Samora (Bandido) Рdrums