Au-Dessus, the Lithuanian quartet play a style of post black metal, which takes influences from traditional, cold and grim black metal, but adds another element of darkened vibes.
Their self titled, debut album is a very agonizing listen, as it tears apart your very inner core, rendering you immediately deceased. Track number five is the only song to feature some groove driven guitar rhythms, but in an evil way, and also pounds the more death/black metal guitar parts into your skull. The songwriting on this five song full length CD is beyond captivating, as the melancholic emotions rapidly take seize of your mental state, leaving you emotionally blind.
The songs on this album are just labeled in roman numerals from one to five, which I thought was pretty neat not having a title for any of their songs. This move on the band’s part keeps Au-Dessus very obscure within the underground circles. I am so happy to see this band not giving shit about mainstream success, as they’re more focused on the ancient spirit of extreme black metal.
Track number two creates images of an afterthought of falling into the fiery depths of hell, while your soul is minced by the horned beast, and the smoldering fires leaving your thoughts to ponder hell’s final exit. Yes, I know this sounds pretty damn abstract and descriptive at the same time, but these were the images that came to my mind.
The distortedly screaming guitars on this record sound very rabid and feel like a buzz saw blade gnawing through your soul, while you plead for mercy. The drumming too, is not any kinder, as it will blow your brains out, and the vocals, you will pay with your life.
With 30 minutes of post black metal epics here, Au-Dessus is sure to bring the listener, so close to their darkest moments in life. Check it out. [Witching Hour] Sarjoo Devani