Aboriorth - The Austere Perpetuity of Nothingness

Posted on Thursday, January 05, 2012

If 2011 was anything, it was the year that quality underground Black Metal returned to prominence. At least for me personally it was. Namely Black Metal of the Suicidal Depressive variety. While men who have sex with each other will probably always prefer their Deathspell Omegas, Nachmystiums, and Xasthurs, heterosexual people who have had their hearts broken had plenty of Blackened aural misery to drown their sorrow in this year. You can add this second full-length from Spain’s one-man horde to that list as well. The Austere Perpetuity of Nothingness offers up six dark hymns for self mutilation and isolated inebriation at your disposal. Aboriorth takes a very raw and primitive approach to achieving melancholy misanthropy. I’m guessing he is a student of early Burzum, as most outfits of this genre tend to be. No complaints here. I’ll take as much classic Varg worship as you can dish out, as long as its quality, which this most certainly is. Some songs do stand out a bit above others, but the album as a whole is solid. There is a vibe of chaotic intensity ever present that remarkably does nothing to interfere with the album’s primary suicidal goal. Some people take a whole bottle of sleeping pills, I’m guessing Aboriorth would rather light himself on fire. But the end result is still emptiness and desolation. A beautiful void created from sorrow. Speaking of which, you really need to hear this cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt.” I knew the song was special when I first heard it as a fucked up high school kid, but I had no idea it would have the ability to transcend multiple genres nearly two decades later. Obviously it worked well initially as a pseudo-Industrial ballad, then as a Country song when covered by the legendary Johnny Cash (which in all honesty is most likely the version that inspired this particular cover), and now has made its way to Suicidal Black Metal anthem. It definitely steals the show here as the record’s closer. Even with some of the lyrics altered to better suit the behest of our goddess Negativity. Other highlights include: “The Truth Given in Gold Vessels and Beggar Hands” and “The Shortest Doom for the Hanged in a Silk Thread.”

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