Rating:
5.5
Aus Der Transzendenz - Breed Of A Dying Sun
11 February 2012


01. Breed Of A Dying Sun
02. Hymns Of Ruin
03. A Dream Of Ghosts
04. A Pathway To Rebirth
05. The Secret Revealed


Austrian black metal outfit/project Aus Der Transzendenz sort of... came out of nowhere. I mean, who are these guys? Or this guy for that matter. Nobody seems to know anything about them/him. And that makes reviewers like me clutch at straws to come up with random facts.

So instead I guess I have to spend the whole review talking about the fuckin' music or something. Fine. Breed of a Dying Sun, a debut release, is a pretty "blah" record. It just lacks staying power and doesn't present any new ideas. Especially if you're familiar with black metal on even a basic level. I'm talking about the people who only know of Burzum and shit like that. Thankfully the album is barely longer than your average EP, so at least you aren't forced to sit for an hour "digesting" what can only be described as an appetizer.

And that's coming from someone who fucking loves appetizers.

Anyway. Black metal. Dissonance, tremolo riffing, a wall of feedback, blastbeats, that "fuzzy" production value... I dunno, I guess it makes you feel all warm and cozy inside. Not exactly what Varg had in mind when pioneering the genre, except of course when he was busy lighting fire to one of God's vacation resorts.

The instrumentation is barely noticeable since everything is so heavily buried in the mix and the fuzzed-out production drowns out the majority of the sound. Not that it's a terrible loss. If you really sit and focus and listen to everything going on, you'll realize there really isn't that much hiding behind the wall of feedback. If anything, Breed of a Dying Sun is something I'd suggest to those who are looking for something similar to Raventale. It's not by any means groundbreaking, it doesn't have any replay value, you aren't going to feel as if you've missed out on something if you never get around to hearing it, and you probably won't find any redeeming qualities that I haven't already pointed out: none.

Work on your identity, don't be afraid to experiment, and maybe show some confidence in your musical ability and stop hiding behind a suffocating production. This has been a message brought to you by someone who doesn't enjoy his time being wasted.

Performance: 6
Songwriting: 6
Originality: 5
Production: 5


Band profile: Aus Der Transzendenz
Album: Breed Of A Dying Sun


 



Written on 16.03.2012 by
Troy Killjoy
Just another opinionated guy telling you what to listen to.
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Boxcar Willy - 16.03.2012 at 20:04  
The next Striborg?
Ag Fox - 18.03.2012 at 09:57  
Awww... artwork was decent. let down by the actual music though
Troy Killjoy - 18.03.2012 at 15:07  
Written by Ag Fox on 18.03.2012 at 09:57
Awww... artwork was decent.

Kind of reminded me of Alcest so I was actually prepared for a shoegaze album.

Not that it would have been any better.
theFIST - 18.03.2012 at 15:49  
I like the production
just think they should turn up the cymbals louder and use a bit more high frequency distortion and play a bit faster to drown everything more
uzbel - 20.03.2012 at 14:42  
If you only knew who's behind this project, rate would be something like 8 or 9 ( = you're not supposed to be a worthy reviewer)..
please, return me the time I wasted reading your review..
Mr. Doctor - 20.03.2012 at 14:51  
Written by uzbel on 20.03.2012 at 14:42

If you only knew who's behind this project, rate would be something like 8 or 9 ( = you're not supposed to be a worthy reviewer)..
please, return me the time I wasted reading your review..


And who is that very important person may I ask?
I hardly believe it would increase the quality of this album, get real.
Troy Killjoy - 20.03.2012 at 14:53  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 20.03.2012 at 14:51
I hardly believe it would increase the quality of this album, get real.

Even if Fenriz was behind this (I dunno, maybe he has a summer home in Austria) I'd say the same things about it and give it the same rating.
Mr. Doctor - 20.03.2012 at 14:58  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 20.03.2012 at 14:53

Written by Mr. Doctor on 20.03.2012 at 14:51
I hardly believe it would increase the quality of this album, get real.

Even if Fenriz was behind this (I dunno, maybe he has a summer home in Austria) I'd say the same things about it and give it the same rating.


I'll bet that very important person is his friend or something.

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