Aethyrick – Praxis (Review)

Aethyrick - PraxisThis is the debut album from Aethyrick, a Finnish black metal band.

Praxis features 39 minutes of occult black metal, and I have to say this is quite a captivating underground gem of an album.

The band’s style is a mix of melodic and atmospheric black metal, all wrapped around an epic second wave base. Resplendent leads and solos are mixed in with evocative synths and blackened mood. The songs are well-written and clearly created by people that love their black metal.

Emotionally dark and filled with mystical auras, these tracks are instantly agreeable and likeable. The more you listen to the album the more the melodies and atmospheres cling to your mind and seep into your subconscious.

If you’re a fan of this type of style then this is easy to listen to and become absorbed in. Aethyrick have a depth to their compositions that goes beyond simple facile pleasures, however, and this is part of the reason that the album has such high replay value. Aethyrick obviously knew what they were doing when they put this record together, as this is music designed to bring you back to it over time, again and again.

Raw and textured, while also being clear and expansive, the recording is perfectly judged for this sort of thing. The vocals are dark, menacing rasps that have more than a hint of a sneer about them.

Praxis shines with a dark light and delivers the kind of updated old-school experience that should be enjoyable for fans of both old and new.

Highly recommended.

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