Thursday, April 19, 2018

Aquilus - Engraved Souls (2005)

Australian symphonic black metal. Their first demo, Engraved Souls finds Aquilus swinging for the fences right out of the gate with an epic, neoclassical-heavy, six-movement song suite. Each piece is totally linear in structure, moving relatively rapidly from idea to idea, but with a consistency and convincingly symphonic compositional approach that helps them to avoid sounding scatterbrained. It's also almost completely instrumental, with long metal-free stretches, which gives the heavier sections an added sense of significance.

Track listing:
1. 1st Movement - The Dead Badger
2. 2nd Movement - Meadows End
3. 3rd Movement - A Mosaic
4. 3rd Movement - In Memoriam
5. 4th Movement - Emancipated
6. 5th Movement - Aubade
7. 6th Movement - Hallowed Sleep
8. 6th Movement - The Late Shadow

I arose from the dream and you were gone
Still embracing ashes of what never was

You should also hear:
Obtained Enslavement -
Witchcraft (1997)
Abhor - I.gne N.atura
R.enovatur I.ntegra (2001)

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