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On disc: Aras

- Hamaseye Golesorkhi - Claudia Ehrhardt - 7 stars

Hamaseye Golesorkhi

Hamaseye Golesorkhi
(self-released - 2008)

Most won't have heard of Aras before - me too. These days it's a one-man-show of Ehsan, but Aras was founded as a band in 2002 and they released through the years some demos, 4 full-length albums, 3 EPs, 3 split albums and several singles. This is the latest piece of work called Hamaseye Golesorkhi. The single only offers one track, but that one has a running time which is just shy of 12 minutes!
In the beginning you hear some solemn spoken words which gives the impression you listen to some prayer... some mass. Then after more then a minute a guitar sets in, then heavy riffing... In the background you can hear some symphonic melody line, but the heavy riffs dominate it. It gets more dramatic, then back to the spoken words for a brief moment. I wouldn't categorize Aras as black metal - as they are so far -, even if it has a slight black metal feel. And perhaps the former releases are black metal, but this one is atmospheric and also heavy. Some instrumental parts are close to symphonic black metal. Somehow this is avantgarde... metal. At some point you only have nothing then spoken words. Then as reminds me a bit of the medieval music... Mainly through the instrumentation, I think. And it slowly fades out.
Well, it's an interesting piece of music. Very unique, but also it ain't something for the masses. Partly through the language most won't understand and which seems kinda essential as there are long passages of spoken words. But who's open to new sounds might be interested in checking in...

7 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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