Sunday, February 14, 2021

EP Review: Atra Vetosus "Even the Dawn No Longer Brings Hope" (Immortal Frost Productions) by Lilith and Obscvre

Band: Atra Vetosus
Location: Launceston
Country: Tasmania
Genre: Melodic black metal
Format: Digital, jewel case CD
Label: Immortal Frost Productions
Release date: January 29, 2021
Atra Vetosus is a 5-piece melodic black metal project from Launceston, Tasmania.
After a single, an EP, 2 full length releases and 2 live albums- Atra Vetosus have released their 2021 EP “Even the Dawn No Longer Brings Hope” through Immortal Frost Productions.
A bleak, ambient introduction to this EP is delivered in the form of the atmospheric track “Azure Frozen” with its grand piano adds an ice-cold synthetic aura to this track. Its simplicity and layer guitar sound adds a hauntingly emotive feeling before launching into the chaotic style of black metal designed to destroy your ears in a frantic aural assault in melodic black metal.
Vocals are at the forefront of this track and soulful riffs are balanced beautifully to create a well-constructed and tight feel to this release. Folk influenced riffs add a touch of Swedish influenced black metal feel such as Vinterland and newer style tone and sound that MGLA started.
Clean vocals add a haunting and eerie element which makes your blood freeze while the ambient piano ending adds another atmospheric layer to an eleven-minute epic.
“Hallowed Sky” commences with dissident shrieks with a layer of synth ambience and melodic overtones that continue consistently throughout this track. Chanting vocals add a haunting layer adding to the melodic and depressive vibe while post black metal riffs add a unique touch.
Breaks with clean guitars and ambient bass guitar serves to build up and create anticipation for what Atra Vetosus will do next. Sure enough, they do not disappoint with increased mid pace elements and a more ambient black metal feel to “Silver Starfall”. Demonic shrieks give way to the intensity of a dramatic mid-paced ending.
Lyrically, this release is beautifully written, emotive, and depressive yet poetic at once and the outro is very appropriate and reflects the feelings held within it. It’s extremely easy to appreciate lyrics that are so well written and constructed and Lilith recommends taking the time to read them. -Lilith and Obscvre

Josh "Thorodan" Gee: Vocals
Josh "Slikver" Young: Guitar, backing vocals
Damon Parker: Guitars
Matthew Lopez: Bass
Josef Bound: Drums

Track list:
1. Azure; Frozen
2. Hallowed Sky
3. Silver Starfall

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