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AARA unveil ‘Strepitus Mundi’

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In cooperation with Decibelmag, Debemur Morti Productions proudly unveil AARA‘s new track ‘Strepitus Mundi‘ of their forthcoming album “Triade II: Hemera“. The Swiss Black Metal band finds the perfect balance between haunting guitar melodies and aggressive riffing, while sinister screams erupt from the background. The hypnotizing flow creates an eerie and uncanny atmosphere, thus drawing the listener inexorably into the cosmos of Charles Robert Maturin‘s Gothic novel “Melmoth The Wanderer“.

Decibel writer Addison Herron-Wheeler adequately notes:

It brings the best of classic, melody-heavy Black Metal with a modern, cavernous twist.

Listen to ‘Strepitus Mundi‘ on the label’s YouTube channel:

Vocalist and lyricist Fluss comments on the lyrical background of the composition:

In the song ‘Strepitus Mundi‘, Melmoth courts the beautiful Immalee to become his wife. The lyrics consist of a monologue in which he tells her what kingdom he will gift her as a dowry to the wedding. He speaks of deceased figures from history whom she will meet there. From his narration, one realizes that his realm is in the world of the dead. Melmoth tries to gain Immalee’s soul through the wedding in order to exchange it for his own at the end of the 150 additional years to his life – which he obtained through a pact with the devil. So, through this wedding, he wants to avoid pawning his own soul to the devil after the expiry of the agreed additional years of his life.

Composer Berg adds about the musical dimension of the track:

The musical implementation is influenced by the content of the book, but the first part and the second part of the trilogy should also be different, otherwise it will be boring. Therefore, we wanted to become a bit darker and faster. As far as the musical development is concerned, you must distinguish a bit between what I personally like most in Black Metal and what Black Metal elements AARA uses. When I listen to Black Metal, it is mostly releases from the end of the 90s and those that were unleashed during the 2000s – preferably something that has a certain cultic, mysterious, or morbid touch. Most of the stuff that came out after 2010 is not my cup of tea. This seems perhaps like a contrast to what we do in AARA, as AARA is usually seen as modern Black Metal, at least connections are also drawn to modern atmospheric Black Metal and even post-Black Metal. But I see AARA as a project in which I simply do what I want without following a certain style or copying what I enjoy most in other bands. Many musicians start with the basic idea that they want to sound like band XY which has already achieved a certain popularity. This can lead to something interesting but also to a lot of rubbish that nobody needs. Since I am not a particularly great musician, I do what is possible for me and implement what I can to get as close to the music I imagine. You cannot avoid certain inspirations, but AARA consists mostly of spontaneity and the desire to create something new.

I think that good Black Metal brings a certain honesty to human existence. These feelings are a reality in each of us, but usually they find no place in public and interpersonal exchanges. Black Metal actually celebrates the weaknesses, suffering and cruelty of existence in a way that you can draw strength from it.

Triade II: Hemera” will be released on CD, vinyl and digitally on May 13th. Pre-orders for all physical formats and high-quality merch are possible via the label’s EUUS and Bandcamp shops.

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Switzerland’s AARA was founded in 2018 by vocalist Fluss and multi-instrumentalist Berg to create art highly influenced by atmospheric Black Metal. Sporting an epic, classical feel, their sweeping compositions aim to take the listener through the darkest alleys of human existence.

Soon after releasing their debut record “So fallen alle Tempel” in early 2019, AARA joined forces with Debemur Morti Productions, releasing their mosaic EP “Anthropozän” that same year.

Barely a year after their debut, AARA unveiled a new full-length record in April of 2020. A conceptual look into Europe’s Age of Enlightenment, “En Ergô Einai” sees AARA take their accomplished sound to new heights of mature artistic expression. Opened with a haunting acoustic intro courtesy of Vindsval (BLUT AUS NORD), “En Ergô Einai” is a triumph of fluid melodic euphoria and classical elegance, setting an even higher watermark in a bright, young discography. The third album and beginning of a trilogy, namely “Triade I: Eos“, was released in March 2021. In this epic and dramatic new work of art, AARA are interpreting the Gothic novel “Melmoth The Wanderer” (1820) of Irish writer Charles Robert Maturin.

Venturing forth into the next chapters of Maturin‘s work, AARA crafted the second part of their trilogy, “Triade II: Hemera“. The six tracks of brutally melodic, top-tier Black Metal will be released on May 13th, 2022. Recordings for the third and final album of the Melmoth trilogy have already begun.

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