"Out To Die"

By Dr. Abner Mality

Dirty blackened oldschool thrash is the name of the game Aura Noir plays and while it's nothing new at all, these guys at least have been churning this filth out long before it became fashionable. If you've enjoyed recent material from Deathhammer and Nekromantheon, then Aura Noir is for sure gonna be up your black, evil alley.

They take their cues from the primitive German thrash of the 80's...such notable classics as Destruction's "Sentence of Death", Kreator's "Pleasure to Kill" and more obscure stuff like Necronomicon and Vectom.  There's a crude and evil feeling to the music that's tough to fake and this kind of thrash has nothing to do with the likes of Megadeth, Testament or Anthrax. "Trenches" is a typical and unsurprising kick-off, kind of by the numbers, but the energy jumps with second track "Fed To The Flames" and continues with "Abaddon" before the slow and dull "The Grin From the Gallows" throws a temporary wet blanket on the sacrificial fire. However, that's just the calm before the storm that finishes the album...the short, sharp stab of "Withheld", the massively Germanic sounding "Priest's Hellish Fiend" and the extremely Destruction-ish "Deathwish". The title track is fast and furious but lacking a little something in my ears.

It's a basic album designed to fulfill a basic need....thrashing for Satan!