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Averse Sefira - Homecoming's March
Review: Balancing their own mixture of influences from the black metal canon, Averse Sefira introduce a hypnotic sound that uses repeated melodic passages to create a mood of suspended reality and an essential restlessness, capturing the wanderlust of transcendent beings uncomfortable with the static states of material and safe emotion. Influenced mostly by Graveland and Immortal, this album emphasizes long flowing melodies which force the listener to track them like a thread of meaning in an esoteric text, making the most of the simplicity for which black metal is famous.
Intensely patterned, but formed into a stream of shifting rhythms and riffs that allow melody to converge on focal points of structural motion, memes of destruction surge forth over rigorous, vigilant, agile whipping of snare and metals. Throat force is a vigorous take on the garden variety black metal shriek/snarl (do we need a word like SPORK for this?) and is used effectively with rhythm, in the grandest style of metal mad ranters since speed metal. Gorgoroth-styled tremolo riffing rides a blasting percussion track of suspended-delivery pocket drumming in the best jazzcore implementation of Graveland to ever ride these manic, mechanical rails.
The focus is on rhythm guitar and the structure it suggests; here that structure is both abstract and physical, with a sense for a violent but self-resolving motion as found in the most anthemic of classic metal and hardcore bands. Similarities to older Ancient and The Abyss may be noticed in those who peer deeply into the riff codex, but structural and harmonic alignment are esoterically different. Those who wish for a return to "true" elements in metal will appreciate how straightforward this band, who in abstract have a more coherent message than any previous black metal band from this continent, have made their aesthetic and presentation in their music.