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URFAUST

Apparitions

Release:  30.1.2015

Label:  Ván Records

Avantgenre:  Bottled Madness Of Impurity

Duration:  44 Minutes

Origin:  Netherlands

Official site:  http://www.facebook.com/urfaustofficial

Review online since:  28.02.2015 / 01:05:26

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URFAUST's Apparitions was announced just one day before its actual release on January 30th, 2015 by Ván Records, with minimal, if any, advertising or promotion. Recorded in a single day, it manages to capture the pure mysticism of a true ritual. Although it is mostly an ambient project, there is a strong black metal/ doom aesthetic, with all four songs evoking the breathtaking, occult atmosphere the Dutch duo is precisely known for. Along with this haunting aural experience, comes the excellent artwork by Thorny Thoughts, which features this apparition of impurity in its visual form.

This EP is characterized by its distinctive aura, which places great emphasis on ambiance. This means that Apparitions, just like other ambient records, should be listened to in the right environment or else it will fail to unveil itself. The rock/metal instruments (synths, guitars and [simple] drum beats) are used only if needed to add an extra layer of intensity to the songs. The vocals, whenever they appear, are reminiscent of church hymns with no real lyrics whatsoever, a tad less poignant than those on 2013's Die Erste Levitation, but definitely more imposing. Apart from the black metal vibe, which is apparent throughout the whole record, some actual black metal outbursts can be found in the track ''The Healer'', especially a little before the three-minute mark, where a chilling scream marks the beginning of an utterly captivating melody, just before IX returns with his medieval dirge. Worth mentioning is the fact that, despite the clearly (dark) ambient nature of Apparitions, the two songs (''Apparitions'' and ''The Healer'') that maintain a traditional song structure are actually quite addictive, pulling the listener in and making them want to pay multiple visits to the dark and deserted places that wraiths dwell.

All in all, this is yet another creepy but tempting trip into URFAUST's candle-lit cavern, one that you surely won't regret taking.

Lefteris Kefalas



TRACKLIST:

01 - The End Of Genetic Circles
02 - Apparitions
03 - The Healer
04 - The River

 

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