Review: Asagraum – Dawn Of Infinite Fire 9

  • Asagraum 
  • Dawn Of Infinite Fire
  • Black Metal
  • Netherlands
  • September 13, 2019
  • 9/10

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Asagraum play fine black metal witchery from Netherlands. They have a fantastic sound as well as performance based on all the awesome photographs on IG. Asagraum have just come out with a seriously beefy release, Dawn of Infinite Fire, the first black metal album that has excited me in a while. It sounds inspired.   

Artwork by Indonesian artist Bahrul Marta

Some people prefer to drink beer from certain places, or eat cuisines from certain geographies, it’s not different with metal, you just know Norway is going to deliver. It’s so rich in their history, if there’s competition, it’s in Norway/Netherlands/Sweden/Poland and it’s surely building some stoic musicians. I dig the aesthetic of this black metal release, the tinniness on the drums and the mixing give it an overall esoteric occult vibe which overproduction tends to kill in a lot of popular releases. This has high-production, but not over-production.

Some of the riffery is from the school of speed metal and I was surprised, the beginning of the album didn’t really feel that way to me. It’s great though, they’re clearly good at playing metal of various genres. The speed styling transitioned really well into something more theatrical on the track “Abomination’s Altar” without having to sacrifice any of the pace, definitely a stand out track – it continues on to bounce around with a catchy amount of melodeath licking you’d expect from Edge Of Sanity.

There are some nuanced vocal techniques within their arsenal, including some mic effects that could be tacky but are used reasonably and far between – really being more of a way to emphasis moments which Asagraum do well. It’s the same with the bass which is very interesting, sometimes skittering beneath the track like a frantic bug, the music occasionally stopping like a kitchen light being turned on, revealing it momentarily before it flees back under the drums and licks. The tremolo picking on the guitar sounds tragic and often very pointed with unexpected short and quick jabs. It’s never dull moment and it all sounds great. They even dare to bring in some symphonic keys towards the end and still don’t overdo it.

The artwork by Indonesian artist Bahrul Marta is a fantastic choice, it’s mysterious but surely something terrible. Reminds me of the hellish parts of The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion or something darkly fantastical like that. That hyperlink is to the Metal-Archives by the way, which turns out to be a really good source for cover artists since it lists all their work as well as contact details, I’ll be using it where applicable from now on and promoting the socials on each social media accordingly. I’m also a contributor (Carcassbomb) on there so it makes sense to use them.

Definitely give this one a go if you’re looking for something fresh in the current black metal community.

9/10

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