Averse Sefira - Advent Parallax (2007)
©Candlelight Records


  1. Descension (7:05)
  2. Séance in a Warrior's Memory (7:56)
  3. Viral Kinesis (7:29)
  4. Cognition of Rebirth (6:28)
  5. Serpent Recoil (5:40)
  6. A Shower of Idols (6:13)
  7. Refractions of an Exploded Singularity (9:03)
  8. Vomitorium Angelis (7:29)

I love Black Metal. I love complex music. Yet, I can't remember the last time I was this bored with a Metal album. Advent Parallax is a tedious album lacking in almost every department necessary for what would make a record sound accomplished. Just about every song moves at the same pace. Fast, but sloppy. Every riff sounds the same as the last, the vocals are mediocre Black Metal shrieks which don't really add anything new to this overplayed genre of music. The whole album itself is a cliched slop of speedy repetitive riffs and blast beats. Black Metal should be something which when played properly; creates an atmosphere of darkness and mental anguish, and the only anguish I experienced whilst listening to Advent Parallax was that of my ear drums trying to recede up my skull to hide until it was over.

I understand what Averse Sefira were trying to achieve upon the creation of this album, though, in the midst of all this noise pollution, it all seems to crumble down into itself without much reason to go back with an attempt to pick up the pieces. Alright, to the band's credit, some of the songs do have some interesting aspects to them. For example, the first 30 seconds of "A Shower of Idols" is killer. Actually, thinking back on each track, the only parts which really stood out were the beginnings to each song. Unfortunately at roughly half a minute into each of them, the compositions all pretty much caved into themselves and began to follow the all too familiar pattern of *shriek / riff / blast*.

Perhaps I've missed the point. Maybe Averse Sefira need to be experienced through a different mindset which will understand the bigger picture of what the group stands for. Advent Parallax isn't a shitty album, but it doesn't necessarily stand out above the crowd either.

Standout tracks: A Shower of Idols, Serpent Recoil.





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