Doom metal featuring Rune Eriksen / Blasphemer (AURA NOIR, ex-MAYHEM).
Digipack edition limited to first pressing only.
Onyx is one of the best albums I have mixed so far. The unique blend of gothic rock and fierce heavy metal just resonates with me on the highest level. A bit like Kate Bush singing on Headless Cross. Passion and darkness in perfect harmony. I am truly stunned! - Dan Swano (OPETH, MARDUK, DISSECTION).
If I had to pick between some bands which I could mention as Ava Inferi's references then I'd say Theatre Of Tragedy due to the ethereal and elegant nature of Onyx and Faith And The Muse due to its mystic atmosphere. Allow me to say that I found some slight but relevant Therion ideas here and there, the beginning of the self-titled track for example and some sparse moments here and there. Yet, as it happens with most of the albums, Onyx isn't faultless, after the first half "Majesty" and "The Heathen Island" don't keep up to the high expectations the previous four songs managed to forge. The band though proves its worth and reclaims the throne through the beauty of the following ending compositions, "By Candlelight And Mirrors" and "Venice In Fog" (awesome title!). Henceforth they revive the grandeur the album possessed, closing it in the most appropriate way. - Metal Storm 4/5
Daily Noise: Metal & Punk History
Wednesday, 16 January
31 Years Ago AGATHOCLES record Cabbalic Gnosticism
Tuesday, 15 January
24 Years Ago BLUT AUS NORD release Ultima Thulee
Sunday, 13 January
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Friday, 11 January
23 Years Ago DEPRESSION record Ein Hauch von Moder
Wednesday, 9 January
23 Years Ago FUNERAL FROST record Queen of Frost
Tuesday, 8 January
31 Years Ago BITCH MAGNET record Star Booty
Monday, 7 January
19 Years Ago ARKHON INFAUSTUS live in France
Sunday, 30 December
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