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[EP REVIEW] AVERSIO HUMANITATIS: ‘Longing for the Untold’

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Some of the best music I have encountered is by close friends recommending a band to me having considered my lust for some obscure and brilliant hidden gem amongst as swathe of garbage.

Leviathan was one from 2015, same with The Black Queen from last year plus a few others. This year is no less promising, beginning with a mighty drop at the beginning of last month from Spanish extreme Black Metal powerhouse Aversio Humanitatis and their third release, the crushing ‘Longing for the Untold’

A mere appetite wettening, twenty-two-minute offering of some perfect extreme black/death metal.

What makes artists beautifying and making this genre so relevant and gratifying to me moreso now than in my mid-twenties is the complete and utter embracing of the bleak world we are bearing witness to.

Aversio Humanitatis have taken a grip of that musical canvas and thrown everything at their disposal at it to create such a vast, prolific colourful bleakness that we are forced to inhale it’s perfection and beauty!

Vocals screamed with reverb loving abandon as though upwards summoning our impending armageddon complemented by razorlike shredding guitars which harmonise through all the chaos surrounding ‘Longing for the Untold’ and forming a perfect backdrop to its criminally short yet unforgettable brilliance.

When at times the chaos becomes perhaps too much, Aversio Humanitatis manage to bring the whole piece together with a formidable force of soul crushing groove. Giving the whole listening journey a grounding that just completes ‘Longing for the Untold’ perfectly.

‘Longing for the Untold’ is the EP opener and begins with the obligatory black metal blasts paving the way and detailing for us over the course of its five-minute life what we can expect. A vast beautifully bleak chaotic black landscape so magnificent you’re begging for ‘Prison of Shattered Glass’  the next doom-laden inspired track to burst forth without letting go of its predecessor. So full of groove and hooks it is the perfect middle ground, preparing us for any upcoming onslaught. Track three is perfectly placed and aptly titled, ‘The Ever-Shifting Path’ revealing before us the carnage both behind and before us. Preparing us for the unfortunate end of this brilliance, which comes in the form of ‘Advent of the inescapable.’

The whole bottom end tone and structure backed by Aversio Humanitatis is nothing short of apocalyptic brilliance and brilliantly frames all created and painted by these evil Spaniards. I just can’t get enough of ‘Longing for the Untold’ and my only complaint and negative comment regarding it’s release is that I just wish it was an album.



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