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Atra Vetosus – Voices From The Eternal Night

Atra Vetosus - Voices From The Eternal Night

Melodic Black Metal quintet Atra Vetosus are back with their first full length album and the follow up to their 2011 demo, A Palace Shrouded In Emptiness.  Australia has certainly been producing some excellent metal music in recent years and this Tasmanian quintet have been racking up rave reviews for the past couple of years.  Opening track ‘Skies Of Obsidian Rain’ evokes memories of Cradle of Filth on their classic 1996 album, Dusk… and Her Embrace.  This is followed by a new version of ‘A Palace Shrouded In Emptiness’, which originally appeared on their first demo of the same name.  In fact all three songs that appeared on their demo are given a revamp of sorts, with ‘Nocturnal Winds’ and ‘Far Beyond’ which is different in that it is the albums outro getting the spruce-up treatment.  These are indeed superior versions of already great songs.  Having said that, they could have left the original songs untouched, as they seem to have enough in their arsenal without resorting to re-recording songs barely two years old.  ‘Spirit Of The Forgotten Woods’, which incidentally is currently free to download on the bands website, is another well executed slice of black metal, with a fine vocal performance from Thorodan.  If possible, try to catch them live on their upcoming album launch appearances, sadly only Australian dates have been confirmed so far.

Atra Vetosus are:
Josh “Thorodan” Gee (Vocals), Josh “Slikver” Young (Guitars/Vocals/Composition, Damon Parker (Guitars), Matthew Lopez (Bass), Joseph Bound (Drums).

Voices From The Eternal Night is available now via Immortal Frost Productions.

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Atra Vetosus – A Palace Shrouded In Emptiness

Atra Vetosus - A Palace Shrouded In Emptiness

Australia is not normally associated with Black Metal, therefore this awe-inspiring demo from Atra Vetosus is all the more surprising.  This is the bands debut offering on Belgian label Immortal Frost Productions and it has proven to be quite popular amongst fans of the genre, since its release back in 2011.  Opening and title track ‘A Palace Shrouded in Emptiness’ erupts like a startled beast, awoken from it’s fathomless slumber.  The high pitched shrieks of vocalist Thorodan are reminiscent of UK black metallers Cradle of Filth on their classic album ‘Dusk and Her Embrace’.  Also, the mix of acoustic guitar with the weeping keyboards are assuredly stirring.  The brilliant keyboard led intro to ‘Far Beyond The Primordial Forest’ quickly falls away under the immense pressure of the thundering guitars.  This is classic Black Metal at its most raw and unrepentant.  Lastly, closing track ‘Nocturnal Winds’ follows the same structure of its predecessor, the gentle intro leading to a flurry of blast beats and distortion, all the while being bolstered by the erratic screams and wails of Thorodan.  The duo are currently working on their debut album, no release date has been set as of yet.
Atra Vetosus are:
Thorodan (Vocals) Slikver (Instruments, composition & backing vocals).

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