If you’re one of our loyal Vault Hunters, all I should really have to say at this point is ‘Saturnal Records’ before you make a beeline to the track embed at the bottom of this post. If you’re new around here, though…well, first off, welcome to the Vault. Now let me catch you up a bit: in the last year, Saturnal has released kickass records from All My Sins, Burial Shrines, Vuohi, Sacrificium Carmen, and Katechon, just to name a few. In short, they’ve become one of my favorite labels – if you’re not familiar with their output, then you are not living your best black metal life.
The latest band to be added to Saturnal’s unfuckwithable roster? Tel Aviv-based blasphemers Dim Aura, whose sophomore full-length The Triumphant Age of Death is due out on March 22 (preorder here or here). While their sound is firmly rooted in the Norwegian second wave, they aren’t afraid to stretch out – both in term of song length and songwriting – to incorporate multiple other influences as well.
That range of influence is on display on “The Cruel,” the penultimate track on The Triumphant Age of Death. One of the definite highlights of the album, it’s aggressive in some places, brooding in others, and hateful right down to its core. Or as the band puts it, “The Cruel” is “an ode to a slower, heavier, and uglier approach to Black Metal.”
I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of a better way to kick off a Wednesday…