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Boomkat Product Review:
A third blistering full-length from avant-metal supergroup Aethenor - and on this one the line-up just got that little bit more starry thanks to the presence of David Tibet of Current 93 and guitarist Alexander Tucker. They join the ranks of Stephen O'Malley (of SunnO))) and KTL), Daniel O' Sullivan (of Guapo and Mothlite) and Vincent De Roguin (from Shora) whose sinister sound sculptures sound utterly unique within whatever genre you choose to lump them in with. Not quite death-ambient, not quite sludge metal - if anything you could identify an influence from modern classical music, both in terms of the instrumental timbres used and in the manner of the recording, which seems to eschew the aesthetics of studio editing and post-production. On the second track, the gradually unfolding combination of twinkling sonorities and nebulous atmospherics suggests a Messaien influence, but there's always a dark cloud overhead, and harsh, sustained waves of drone soon take hold, only for David Tibet to wade in alongside clanking piano and meandering glockenspiel. The addition of percussionists Nicolas Field and Alex Babel is a significant one, and the duo bring a sense of dynamic variation and counterpoint to the stately swell of doom that dominates the record otherwise. The first piece brings frantic chimes and free-drumming that draws on jazz rhythms, whilst the third begins with the incredibly delicate flutter of hand-played drums, only to erupt with organ-fuelled discord and dark incantations from the Current 93 frontman. Faking Gold And Murder is a real step forward for both Aethenor and underground metal in general, transcending genre conventions without detaching itself completely from that all-important heart of darkness. Highly recommended.