This is one of those bands, that when you discover them on a place like youtube, there's no indication as to what year or era they are from. They could be a few years old or they could be a decade or two old or more or they could be a new band. They are indeed a new band with a timeless sound. Darkness and doom with muscular traditional heaviness, when Aniara's sounds caress your ears, oh yes, it's crushing alright.
Opening track "October Sunrise" is slow, slow doom. The riffs travel about as fast as the sun itself rises, which isn't very fast at all. This is one of those songs that gets by on its looks and how it feels. We all love the big catchy hooks, but fans of straight doom metal can get off on just the plain doominess of a song alone, some can anyway. I'm one of them/ All the pieces are in the right places. Pleading, manic vocals in the traditional style help push this one over the top.
Diesel King too, right? It's not just me?). These guys know how to follow up too, with a song that's got an even better riff, if not as memorable a vocal performance. Still the vocals are pretty memorable in their own right on this one as they are everywhere else on this 4-song 25 minute EP. The follow up in question is the closing / title track. Dilapidated, tall and narrow mansions haunt the mind's eye when this song rolls in. You know, the ones with dead tree branches scratching at every window and all of them have their curtains drawn. The kind that fraternity pledges used to be forced to spend the night in in old horror movies and comics never to be heard from again. This is a close second to "Into Our Coven" for the "this is what doom's all about" award. It transports the listener to the nightmare dimension.
Aniara might not blow you away, but then again, they might, and that's why you should check them out for yourself. "Into Our Coven" blew me away initially so I set myself to the task of finding more Aniara. Once I did, "Caress of Darkness" blew me a little further away. The more of this kind of music I can find the better. This disc abounds with organic and foresty moods in darkness to receive the caress of doom.
Highlights include: "Into Our Coven" and "Caress of Darkness"
Total Run Time: 24:27
Witchfinder Ågren - Vocals
Benjamin Simac - Guitar
Carl Hansen - Guitar
Emil Wigö - Bass
Marko Kardum - Drums
Genre: Traditional Doom
Reminds me of: Black Oath, Funeral Circle, Magister Templi
Release Date: March 9, 2013
Suggested listening activity for fellow non-stoners: Bored, hangin' from the old oak tree ...