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Gaerea - Mirage



8.2 | 273 votes |
Release date: 23 September 2022
Style: Black metal

Owners:

86 have it
23 want it


01. Memoir
02. Salve
03. Deluge
04. Arson
05. Ebb
06. Mirage
07. Mantle
08. Laude
09. Dormant [bonus]

The Best Black Metal Album Of 2022
Top 20 albums of 2022: 4

Staff review by
Dream Taster
Rating:
8.5
Some black metal is so emotionally charged that it becomes pure exalted beauty.

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published 25.09.2022 | Comments (5)

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23.09.2022 - 12:44
Rating: 8
musclassia

This is really good, nice to see them continue dabbling with more melodic and post-metal sounds, this is at a very similar level of quality to Limbo
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23.09.2022 - 13:35
Rating: 10
Charlotbk

This band age really well, and like the comment above really enjoy the post-metal sound great release 8.5/10
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23.09.2022 - 15:18
Rating: 7
AndyMetalFreak
A Nice Guy
I like this album, but it's not been the easiest for me to get into tbh. I admit to begin with I wasn't blown away by the rest of this album after the first track, I found the song structures to get a wee repetitive and tiresome, but eventually the emotion behind the structure hit me, and it's definitely grown on me now for sure.

The build up for the opening song is phenomenal, and is still the main highlight for me, although the vocals also sound incredible, there's so much passion about them
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24.09.2022 - 09:58
Rating: 9
DarkWingedSoul

Very well crafted indeed, with a solid sound.
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24.09.2022 - 13:52
Rating: 9
terroriser

Gaerea are one of the bands I discovered here and I am eternally grateful to Metalstorm for that. Limbo was great and Mirage follows that path. It's not just mare copy of its predecessor. It builds and adds to it. And as usual with Gaerea it's not easy listen and I like bit of a challenge. Solid 9 from me
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24.09.2022 - 20:57
Rating: 8
Aries Rising

Not enjoying this as much as Limbo. The suffocating production doesn't work here with the less intense moments like it did with Limbo. Also it's a bit too long for me.
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25.09.2022 - 12:40
Rating: 9
MeatWolf

Reminds me of A Secret Revealed debut record but with a better sound
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25.09.2022 - 13:05
Rating: 8
Nightmare^

Good, it has its moments.
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25.09.2022 - 21:34
A Real Mönkey

Definitely better than Limbo at least, but still not as good as Unsettling Whispers.
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"Change the world. My final message. Goodbye."

~Last words of Harambe, seconds before he was shot, according to child he shielded from gunfire
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25.09.2022 - 23:21
Rating: 9
Illusion's_Void

If not for the production, it would be a 10/10.
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29.09.2022 - 01:53
Rating: 8
Uxküll

Another great album!
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"Nullum unquam exstitit magnum igenium sine aliqua dementia [there was never great genius without some madness]."

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06.10.2022 - 16:45
Alakazam
spendin' cheese
So, what's special about this again? A stereotypical high-pitch Bandcamp production, with nothing innovative happening musically other than the sake of wanting to be loud.

Strum. Scream. Cymbal tap-tap. Strum. 4 by 4, blast-beat, post-themed clean breakdown, blast-beat, clears throat, scream.

Another mighty rating is again pulled down to the 8's range. And users cope when I view the overall quality of metal from the ratings of the top albums of the 90's onward declining of high green-rated works as being wrong.
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07.10.2022 - 21:16
no one

Written by Alakazam on 06.10.2022 at 16:45

So, what's special about this again? A stereotypical high-pitch Bandcamp production, with nothing innovative happening musically other than the sake of wanting to be loud.

Strum. Scream. Cymbal tap-tap. Strum. 4 by 4, blast-beat, post-themed clean breakdown, blast-beat, clears throat, scream.

Another mighty rating is again pulled down to the 8's range. And users cope when I view the overall quality of metal from the ratings of the top albums of the 90's onward declining of high green-rated works as being wrong.

Oh the grandiosity
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09.10.2022 - 01:00
Alakazam
spendin' cheese
Written by no one on 07.10.2022 at 21:16

Oh the grandiosity

Mine is the grandeur....

Hows this faring for you on the post-black spectrum of stuff tried?

And are they actually pronounced sounding "Gay rear" right.

Ryaight.
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09.10.2022 - 02:19
no one

Written by Alakazam on 09.10.2022 at 01:00

Written by no one on 07.10.2022 at 21:16

Oh the grandiosity

Mine is the grandeur....

Hows this faring for you on the post-black spectrum of stuff tried?

And are they actually pronounced sounding "Gay rear" right.

Ryaight.

I thought I to was average, but I've only listened once.
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17.10.2022 - 12:08
Rating: 8
X-FrEaK

Always wanted to like Gaerea, cause besides Process of Guilt and Moonspell, they are without a doubt the most famous portuguese metal band abroad, but only with this album I was able to like them.

Previous ones were very standard modern black metal (à lá Mgla), but this one adds a post touch which makes everything click
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17.10.2022 - 22:04
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Written by A Real Mönkey on 08.10.2022 at 00:26

Is Alakazam becoming the next Boxcar Willy?

Rent free.
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14:22 - Marcel Hubregtse
I do your mum

DESTROY DRUM TRIGGERS
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26.10.2022 - 00:20
Rating: 10
Litvin

Sounds very much like Anorexia Nervosa just without a symphonic bits

p.s oh, yeah, I should say this is just a masterpiece
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01.11.2022 - 21:23
TheBigRossowski

This album a pure gem, but hey, that's just like, my opinion, man. Gives me ugh, ugh, those, ugh, Numenorean vibes.
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That rug really tied the room together, did it not?
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24.12.2022 - 03:20
Rating: 9
tintinb

Gaerea has a passion about them that cannot be undenied. Even with masks on the whole band brings forward a lot of emotions during their performances. One of the best in modern black metal currently.
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Leeches everywhere.
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07.01.2023 - 11:33
Rating: 6
metalbrat

Quote:
Strum. Scream. Cymbal tap-tap. Strum. 4 by 4, blast-beat, post-themed clean breakdown, blast-beat, clears throat, scream.

You just nailed it with the above statement. In fact i personally feel there was too much of black metal albums in 2022 that at one point of time I felt like belching excess of it. Almost all in the above order. One positive is their production.
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In the beginning I was made of clay. Then I bit the apple and they changed me to metal 🤘
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08.02.2023 - 08:43
Rating: 8
Aries Rising

Listened to this again and it's grown on me. But still, the production could better suit the songs. Less loud, more dynamic.
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15.11.2023 - 01:45
Rating: 9
Zyk

This is great but listening to it all at once makes the songs almost indistinguishable which is what I consider its only real flaw. If I listen to any of these songs individually they're all excellent but the album needed a little more variation to make it less samey. Throw in a few more mid-tempo parts or change up the song structures or something next time.

Besides that, tons of great performances from every instrument and the vocals too. I love all the melodic riffs and the ferocity of the writing. They remind me a lot of White Ward on their last album which came out the same year, just without the sax. No wonder both albums were in the top 20.
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