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Aurora Borealis - Time, Unveiled (6,5/10) - USA - 2003

Genre: Black Metal / Death Metal
Label: Diehard Music
Playing time: 45:22
Band homepage: Aurora Borealis

Tracklist:

  1. Triumph Again
  2. Sky Burial
  3. Searching
  4. Transversing The Tide
  5. Berserker
  6. The Last Day
  7. Reign
  8. Sixteenth Chamber (Bonus Songs From Demo '94)
  9. Slave To The Grave (Bonus Songs From Demo '94)
Aurora Borealis - Time, Unveiled
Despite the fact that AURORA BOREALIS have such a silly sounding name and consist of only one full member (he doesn't play drums) "Time, Unveiled" is actually a pretty good release.

The style of Metal on offer here is a blend of Black, Death and Thrash Metal with buckets of pure aggression thrown in. The riffing is technically superb and the solo's well executed but I feel this album is let down by two main failings.

1: The Vocals - which are absolutely horrible.

2: No matter how good a musician you are and how many good riffs you can write no one can succeed until they learn how to bring all those riffs together in an appropriate way to make a song complete and not just a collection of riffs.

If Ron Vento (mastermind behind AURORA BOREALIS) fixed these failings then AURORA BOREALIS would be a damn good band indeed. As it stands however "Time, Unveiled" will not interest many for long periods of time. (Online March 11, 2003)

Niall Kennedy



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