Metal Review: Aura Noir – Out to Die

Aura Noir - Out to DieI have been digesting a lot of black metal lately. It has just been a good few weeks where I cannot get enough of the classics. I have been listening to a lot of the early adopters of the genre including early Bathory, Darkthrone, Burzum, etc. I have also been listening to a lot of early thrash as well. For some reason, these two genres go together to me like peanut butter and jelly. When I listen to some early Overkill or Testament (and I am talking the first couple of albums here), I feel the need to hit the black metal classics as well.

With all of that being said, we are here to talk about the blackened thrash metal band Aura Noir and their latest effort Out to Die. Believe it or not, Out to Die is the fifth studio release from Norwegian band Aura Noir even though most have never heard of them. As it stands, after listening to Out to Die a few times, I can say that this is one of their better releases to date. It is as strong an effort that any band has put together in the blackened thrash genre. The riffs are ever-present and the vocals are as sharp as ever. This of Aura Noir akin to early Darkthrone, but I am not ready to give them the same status that Darkthrone has.

The thrash riffs are endless and the raw production of the album lends itself to a classic sound with a classic feel to it, but make no mistake, Aura Noir is not resting on their laurels and rehashing the same songs over and over again. There is a method to their madness and there is a sort of progressiveness to their sound while retaining much of the charm that their style lends itself to.

If you have never had the pleasure of listening to Aura Noir, do yourself a favor and give it a go. Just let me know what you think.

Out to Die Track Listing:
Fed to the Flames
The Grin from the Gallows
Priest’s Hellish Fiend
Out To Die

Norwegian black/thrash butchers AURA NOIR are preparing to deliver their fifth full-length contribution to the extreme metal underworld this month. Appropriately bearing the title Out To Die, the album unloads eight hell-bent songs in the crushing fashion fans should rightfully and ravenously expect from the self-proclaimed “ugliest trio in the world.” Out To Die now holds down a North American street date of March 27th by Norway’s Indie Recordings, via stateside distribution by Prosthetic Records.

The endless roster of previous and current acts the members of AURA NOIR are attached to includes the names Mayhem, Immortal, Ava Inferi, Dødheimsgard, Virus, Cadaver and dozens more. Since forming in the early 90s the band have unleashed a plethora of releases including four LPs, a myriad of demos, EPs and splits and a live album prior to their forthcoming Out To Die. While maintaining a generally cult status over the majority of their existence, it was the band’s 2008-released Hades Rise album which brought on more widespread coverage of and attention of the band. The album was followed by AURA NOIR‘s first North American shows at the annual Maryland Deathfest in 2011 followed by a Midwest/East Coast mini-tour supporting Marduk, gaining the band entire new legions of fans throughout the country, not to mention their European festival and tour appearances over the years…

2012 sees AURA NOIR delivering some of their most raw and aggressive debauchery to date on Out To Die, which was recorded at various locations in both Norway and Portugal (Blasphemer´s current location) during December of 2011. The bar has once again been raised. Another milestone of putrid black thrash metal has been born.