April 18, 2013

Austere - To Lay Like Old Ashes (2009)

Today's Marco black metal feature is Austere, a project of the highly prolific Australian musician Tim Yatras. This has got to be one of my favorite black metal albums ever, for several reasons:

  • It's atmospheric as fuck. 
  • Despite being sometimes labeled as depressive black metal, it's probably some of the most uplifting-sounding black metal you will ever hear. 
  • The drumming is super nice, full of various fills that manage to keep things interesting for the whole duration of the rather long tracks. 
  • The vocals, man! Creepy, melancholic and uniquely melodic, Tim Yatras' pterodactyl shrieks complement the beautiful music perfectly. 

Sadly, Austere's output was limited to only two full-length albums and a handful of small releases. I will tell you right now, this music is downright addictive and it's perfect night-time listening so, if you crave more of it, allow me to direct you to Germ, Tim Yatras' latest solo project, which is just like Austere, except infused with electronic trance music. It is just as amazing as it sounds. 

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