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Avzhia - Immense Dark Sky
Review: Demos always show bands in the process of struggle to define their voices. Once they reach that plateau, they build upon it or find it unsatisfying and move on. Immense Dark Sky shows Avzhia trying to integrate their influences into a style that reflects the origin and inclinations of Avzhia; included as influences are Burzum, Gehenna, Gorgoroth, Ancient and Emperor. These converge in a smoothly flowing style that emphasizes dynamic change between rushing simple riffs and more complex, mid-paced riffs that like the soundtracks to movies make iconic statements slowly enough to force resonant appreciation of the transition, much as it is appreciated visually in movies. The subterranean pieces of this demo comprise 35 minutes of quality exploration that owes as much to "My Journey to the Stars" in its wandering narrative composition like a house built by consecutive dynasties, rambling slightly as it expands to include all they want to throw in, and then solidifying into statements that seem linear until one considers their multiple reflections in previous motifs. Although each part is simple, the whole is by no means simple, and remains one of the greater quality demos from the New World, presaging the imaginative and ambitious Dark Emperors to emerge a year later.