Averse Sefira

Tetragrammatical Astygmata
(Evil Horde Records)
Enslain Magazine Volume 2, Issue 1
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Way sick, dude! Hailing from Texas, Averse Sefira are totally Black Metal with possibly the slightest touch of Death metal and the vibe of quality sound and production that makes "Tetragrammatical Astygmata" stand out. At first hearing, one might think they are from somewhere in Scandanavia, but this homegrown U.S. onslaught just takes the best aspects of the black-metal sound, and put their own viscious twist on it. Again, it must be noted that the production is top-notch, being just clear enough to let the music wreak its havoc.

The instruments are well-mixed for the most part, and have just the right tones for that balance of clarity and an ominous feel. The only drawback is that the snare drum tends to get lost during a few grind passages. The vocals are about the best I have heard in the genre. They too have clear and prominent tones, never too high-ended, with a touch of reverb. I can't make out all the words, but at least some of them, which is more than usual. Musically there is the ever important dynamic mix of slow and fast. The guitars have plenty of gain/distortion, with a good balance of equalization, and the bass has a slight bit of the bumble-bee twang to it (sort of like Steve Harris from Iron Maiden or Chris Squire of Yes, only to a lesser degree) so it can be heard in the mix in addition to smoothing out the bottom-end. The drumming doesn't quit for even a moment, and propels the songs into realms of hypersonic oblivion.

The riffs make significant use of diminished 5th power chords. The musical "language" of Black Metal is not so much present here, as is the overall feel and aesthetic result the songs produce. The sounds here are varied, and push the envelope of what is possible in the Black Metal genre. The lyrics are certainly dark and suited to the music, but in a more subtle fashion. They present things in more of a roundabout and poetic (not in terms of rhyme) fashion, giving the reader room for his/her own vision of the concepts. And I thought I knew some vocab, until I came across the words equipollence (being equal in force to) , and qlipothic (can't find a meaning for that one!). A few of the highlights are "Mana Anima," "Transitive Annihilaion," and "Cremation of Ideologies," but in actuality, all the songs are just as intense, without any filler at all. There's really isn't much else to say; this HAS to be heard! It's not the most original or groundbreaking disc out there, but it is what it is, and it is very well done. Again, go get this! You will not be dissapointed. --