Distributor/label: Les Acteurs de l’Ombre Productions
Distributor/label URL: http://www.lesacteursdelombre.net/productions/
Buy Album [URL]: http://www.lesacteursdelombre.net/productions/v2/shop-3/
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/audessusabove
Simonas – Guitars
Jokūbas – Guitars
Mantas – Vocals, Bass
Šarūnas Bedulis – Drums
Au-Dessus are a relatively new band and this album ‘End of Chapter’ is their debut offering following an EP in 2015. Hailing from Lithuania, Au-Dessus play “post black metal”, a term which frankly often puts me off before hearing anything, but it’s such a widely used term it could mean many things so regardless of that tag, let’s delve into the album and see what is on offer.
The first track definitely falls into what many would consider common “post black” traits. A progressive element and doomy earthy guitars and a more sludge or hardcore edge to the vocal attack. However, the black metal core elements do present themselves via the classic blast beat and some more typical vocal styles.
Swathes of melody and clean vocals complement the earthy guitar chug. It’s all very pleasing to the ear but perhaps my qualm here is it’s a little too nice.
However, from the second track, things take a darker turn and instead the music takes on a much more twisted and discordant approach, not too dissimilar to later Deathspell Omega. This is much more attractive to my old lobes. The vocals are much dirtier and grim, and the album progresses much in the same fashion.
The sludge and core elements are also present throughout but much more balanced than the opening track. At times I’m reminded of Neurosis which is no bad thing and there are hypnotic elements which at times lead to a great atmosphere.
This album really grew on me but I still don’t particularly care for the opener, which in my opinion is a crucial track in any album, however, all in all, this is a good overall piece of work. I will certainly be checking out their future releases.
Recommended for fans of Deathspell Omega, Neurosis, recent Enslaved, Wolves in the Throne Room and Iron Monkey.
REVIEW BY STEVE BLACKWOOD