Yeah, I know that reviewing this is sort of hypocritical. If any other mag did this, I would probably be up in arms about their lack of journalistic integrity. Face it, it’s hard to be objective about a band whose album you just released. How can I pull it off, you ask? Well, for starters, since I fucking paid $14 for this at a fucking record store, I think I have the right to say what I think about it. I’m pretty sure that Ray would have given me a free copy if I asked for it [I sure would have! -Editor], but I believe in supporting labels by actually paying for their releases. Anyway, on to the review. Avernus is probably the most underrated Atmospheric Doom band in the world today. If this retrospective look at their early days is any indication, I’d have to say that 90% of the record labels out there must have had their heads up their asses if they missed out on this band. Seriously, they’re that good. For a retrospective look at their demo days, this is one of the heaviest releases I’ve heard in a long time. There is a lot of My Dying Bride in the earliest material, but at the same time, the later material takes that influence and runs with it. There is some Eastern musical influence on the post-Sadness material and some Dead Can Dance begins to make its way into their sound around the 6th track. All of that comes together to make this a really solid, heavy CD that packs more depressive feelings in one place than the Prozac line at your local mental ward.
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