Iceland's old school atmospheric black metal purveyors Audn play some of the most atmospherically chilling and grim black metal, which reminds of snow capped mountains where bloody Viking battles were fought long ago.
The songs on this 40-minute record have such an awesome grandiose vibe to them, you feel as if you’re a part of their triumphant struggles within this sinister and dark world of ours.
The guitars on this self-titled debut CD are packed with melodic and dreadful-sounding riffs and rhythms, which just send cold shivers down your back. It’s this cold feeling of raging hatred and emptiness that just sucks the listener into Audn’s world of darkness and loneliness.
Moreover, there is plenty of diversity within their song structures, from mid-paced drumming to fast paced onslaughts of blackened shards of misery and tear-laden victory. The band is very tight in all aspects of their musicianship, which brings the sonic assault to your helpless ears and makes them pay the ultimate price of fear and total isolation. You not only hear all of the elements of complete darkness and cold spells, you physically get to experience these beautifully, grotesque vibrations. The black metal music presented by Audn is nothing out of the ordinary, but it is skillfully executed with tons of precision to invoke all of the spirits of the fallen dead from past ancient battles, with great magnitude and force.
My only complaint here, none of their lyrics are written or sung in English, but hey, if you know the Icelandic language you’ll be in great shape, but if not, the bone chilling music more than makes up for this aspect. This is album is a very good listen. Do not pass this one up… Symbol Of Domination/Black Plague Records Sarjoo Devani