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Alraune – The Process of Self-Immolation

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Last Updated on 03:07 PM by Lilliana Tseka

Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal
Country: U.S.A.
Label: Profound Lore Records
Year: 2014

The first full length album by this American act shortly after their debut, self-titled EP, Alraune are a newcoming force in the atmospheric black metal scene of their country, presenting The Process of Self-Immolation (which, among others, has an awesome title as well) as a steady and accurate record with nothing but good musical signs in it.

If you haven’t guessed already, the band’s craft revolves around intense dissonance and calm disquiet, whilst building a dim atmosphere with their long compositions. The main body of the record consists of four long tracks (lasting between eight and eleven minutes) and it is introduced by a minimalistic, one minute intro at the beginning, pretty standard but to the point structure for albums like that.

I have mixed feelings about the production, which provides the drums with a great, natural sound, but keeps the vocals a little bit low in volume and one might have a hard time listening to them at times. The guitar work varies from powerful black metal riffs, to more post-black melodies as well as clean guitar ambiance, very well mixed together so that the album flows nicely.

Apart from a short chant during the end of “Kissed by the Red”, The Process of Self-Immolation doesn’t overdo it with extraordinary elements and keeps it’s basic ideas straight, it has interesting moments and it’s legit as a whole. A certain recommendation for fans of the style.

4/6

VJ
VJ
The gate of the cavern is despair, and its floor is paved with the gravestones of abandoned hopes. There Self must die; there the eagerness, the greed of untamed desire must be slain, for only so can the soul be freed from the empire of Fate.

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