Gran noticia el tener a los oscenses Ouija publicando un nuevo disco. Desde su abrupta desaparición de la escena musical, con un único disco editado el “Riding Into The Funeral Paths”, nada hacia pensar de que volviera la bestia ha surgir del inframundo, y para suerte de los seguidores y fans black metaleros de este país, así ha sido. La vuelta del grupo se realizó oficialmente en 2010, con la publicación de un EP de cuatro temas llamado “Advesary”, el cual oficializaba su entrada en el sello Xtreem Music. Hemos tenido que esperar tres años, el álbum salió a finales de 2013, para ver una nueva obra de los aragoneses, llamada “Ave Voluptatis Carnis”.
En el apartado técnico, reseñar que el álbum ha sido grabado en los estudios Nomad de Lleida, con Xavier “Terry” Esterri al mando de la nave, y la masterización ha sido realizada en Suecia, para más señas en los Necromorbus Studio de Estocolmo, por Tore Stjerna. Como resultado de todo ello, un disco brutal, con un sonido impoluto, donde se recoge totalmente un sonido Black de muchos quilates, haciendo que Ouija vuelva por la puerta grande del infierno a la escena musical, nacional, y por que no internacional.
Siguiendo con el desarrollo del álbum, debemos destacar que es un trabajo muy compacto, toda una hostia en tu cara de puro Black Metal. El estilo de la banda en este trabajo descansa sobre la base de unos riffs infernales, perfectamente compenetrados y llenos de agresividad, junto con una base rítmica demoledora, en la que destaca sobre manera la batería, sonando cuando tiene que sonar, y sin perderse en esa maraña de sonidos, de las que abusan, algunas veces las bandas de Black Metal. Todo dentro de un tono lo suficientemente melódico, como para poder seguir perfectamente cada corte, sin perdernos en artificios abruptos que no nos llevan a nada.
Destacaré por último la labor de Midgard, brutal sencillamente, me ha sorprendido, la tesitura de su voz, muy versátil, y capaz de alcanzar registros sólo dignos de los grandes cantantes Blackers.
No te pierdas el regreso de Ouija, no hace falta ir a Bergen, para escuchar un Black Metal pata negra.
El pasado noviembre llegó a nosotros el esperado segundo disco de los oscenses Ouija, banda legendaria del black metal nacional. Ya en el 97 vio la luz su debut “Riding into the Funeral Paths”, y su disolución años después se prolongaría hasta 2009, cuando volvieron a la carga con el EP “Adversary”, editado en 2010. Pero vamos ahora con este “Ave Voluptatis Carnis”, que fue grabado en los Nomed Studios y masterizado en los Necromorbus Studios en Suecia. La espectacular portada ha corrido a cargo de Igor Mugerza. El álbum continúa en la línea black metal de la vieja escuela que recuerda a los primeros Satirycon, Emperor o Immortal entre otros.
Abre el disco “Lord’s Prayer”, una intro lenta con una melodía aterradora e intensa de sonido tétrico espectacular.
Desde el primer segundo “The Serpent Calls Me” nos ofrece black metal con un sonido antiguo y crudo maravilloso, con la voz de Midgard dando ese toque que necesita el estilo para que se te clave en los oídos.
“I am not your Rescuer” es un corte más melódico que no suena tan sucio con partes impresionantes y unas afiladas guitarras a cargo de Map y Murcilag. Midgard cambia su registro de voz estridente a gutural metiéndote en el disco en cada uno de los temas.
“Adversary” es un tema más lento con buenos solos de guitarra y con un toque que a un servidor le ha recordado a los primeros discos que me introdujeron en el black metal de Immortal o Satirycon.
Ouija - Ave Voluptatis
Seguimos con “Between Candles and Skulls” y “The Blood Centurion”. Volvemos a coger velocidad y nos siguen deleitando con un sonido old school que pone los pelos de punta con la nostalgia que transmite.
Vamos acercándonos al final con “Come Thy Kingdom”, y cierra el disco “Magma”. Siguen impresionando tema tras tema con el sonido rápido y crudo que te cala hasta los huesos en cada rasgueo de guitarra y a cada golpe de batería. Un deleite para los oídos hasta el final.
Gran y esperado regreso de Ouija con un disco en el que siguen mejorando su black metal, sin perder su identidad y fieles a los principios del estilo. Esperemos que continúen su andadura sin descanso a partir de ahora.
Spanish black metal band Ouija started in 1994 and released a demo as Levial and 1997’s Riding Into the Funeral Path full length before breaking up only a short while later. Over a decade later, the vocalist and one of the guitarists reformed the group and started working on new material. 2010’s Adversary was the first taste of what this new incarnation of Ouija had to offer, and now they have put together their sophomore full length Ave Voluptatis Carnis. It’s the type of melodic black metal that perfectly balances melody and intensity with plenty of standout guitar leads, and while there are a couple of similar sounding moments the strong production values and writing make this album worth experiencing.
I reviewed Adversary back in 2010 and found that out of its four songs, two of them really grabbed me and the other two came and went without making an impact. Thankfully the two tracks that I found to be the strongest are the ones that Ouija has chosen to rework and include on this album along with six new songs. One of the biggest changes between this release and Adversary is the jump in production values, as there is an increased level of clarity to the material and enough space between the instruments to really allow the listener the opportunity to focus on each one. But even with the more modern sounding recording, there is still a perfect balance between the melodic and harsh elements of Ouija’s music. When they up the tempo and blast away at the listener, this band is just as intense as one could want from a black metal act but they also have stunning atmosphere and melodic passages that stick with you. It’s a familiar combination for anyone that has explored the melodic side of this genre, but the instrumentals pull it off extremely well. There are a few songs where the structures start to sound just a bit similar and it wasn’t quite as easy to tell them apart, but the strength of the rest of the album outweighs this issue.
Ave Voluptatis Carnis caught my attention early on, as the opening track “Lord’s Prayer” starts off with a gruffer clean pitch that occasionally heads into distorted territory. It’s a bit of an immediate change from the high shrieks that often dominate this style, although there are some higher pitches that are added into the mix after this point. There’s a considerable amount of variation to the performance, and the shift from clean to harsh styles on tracks like “Adversary” and “Magma” kept me coming back to these particular pieces. The vocals are often the most prominent element as they have been mixed to tower over the instrumentals, so it certainly helps that they’re able to provide an intense and dynamic performance that suits the band’s overall sound perfectly.
Ouija’s definitely come back in a big way with this release. Adversary was good, but the band has made a pretty big jump forward in production values and written even stronger hooks. Although there are still a few sections where their ideas start to feel a bit too close to one another, Ave Voluptatis Carnis remains a top notch effort that anyone into black metal’s melodically oriented variants will want to check out. Hopefully this incarnation of the band sticks around, as they’re one of the better ones currently playing this particular style.
OUIJA, first of all, I've got to say, that's a damn cool name for a band, ok, moving on. This band has actually been around for a while, hailing from Spain, the Black Metal quintet originally formed in 1995, however they split up soon after releasing their debut album, The band reformed in 2009, releasing an EP a year later and now completing their journey back with their second full length album.
The album opens with "Lords Prayer", a slow and demonic sounding welcome to the album with vocals very reminiscent of those on TIAMATs masterpiece “Clouds”. The band however wastes no time in a full blown Black Metal assault with "The Serpent Calls Me", one striking thing about the record, is that despite its classically styled brutal Black Metal, there's a lot of melody in the music, the guitar work is top notch and adds a lot of melody, the slight tempo changes also make this album far more palatable for those who would generally not touch the harsher side of the Black Metal genre. Another thing which is interesting about the record, is that despite the Black Metal vocal style, at many times the lyrics are understandable, (granted not all the time, but this is a Black Metal album after all), and that makes the album more enjoyable.
One thing that I certainly have to mention is that the production is much better than that of many bands working in the genre today trying to copy the "old school" production, which really shows that this band has been around and knows what it's doing. Don't get me wrong, the album is far from perfect, it has its short comings, it's not exactly overflowing with originality, however the songwriting, performance and production make up for that and this is a very enjoyable album.
Ouija back exists with many doing overhoul on the music, it is clearly heard if compared to the debut album entitled 'Riding Into The Funeral Path' in 1997. They are trying to eliminate a little part Deathmetal in this new album.
It took us a few days to hear this album, we analyze, we compare with their debut album and finally we find feel to review this new album. The album 'Ave Voluptatis Carnis'. Ouija try to make the concept of the music adds a bit of their musical evolution, it looks at the structure of the music, playing the neater Pure Blackmetal and having a rhythm harmonious very dominant. Vocal Character is also very influential in this new album, Milgrad's character is very successful bringing rhythm of the music to be more black and dark.
If traced more about their music on this new album, the entire rhythm of the music is very dynamic, aggressive and does not like monotony of their debut album. Positive values of this album when compared to the first album is located on tempo, aggressive vocal characters as well as the placement of dynamic music line. A few drum beats also has his own style in a set rhythm. Some harmonic guitar part reminiscent of the early albums of the blackmetal band from Norway like 'Immortal' or 'Emperor'.
Regarding the structure of the music, the album 'Ave Voluptatis Carnis' is a success for Ouija due to successfully recreate a pure and classic blackmetal music that we really miss. The blackmetal classic era of the 90s like Gorgoroth, Mayhem or Immortal so made us reminisce with this album. But in addition, Ouija should also be grateful to the three members of their new works collaborate to make music like this concept. They include 'Aldromk' (Bass), 'Fulgur' (drums), 'Murcilag' (guitar). All three are active in the blackmetal band called 'Spellcraft'.
On track early called 'Lords Prayer', Ouija show the evolution Milgrad's characters to the listener who brought this album is getting into shades of black. Tracks that are very suitable as opening album. Insecond track 'The Servents Call Me', in this song, Ouija show the character music being pure and very classical black, a musical composition very structured, grooves or rhythm very varied. On track 'I'm not your rescuer' reminded us on a musical composition made by bands like 'Immortal' or 'Gorgoroth' but of course played with distinctive Ouija's style, This song is really good because it adds a little Classic Melodic Thrash . On song 'Adversary', OUIJA try experimenting in this song, it is that they show the same on the first track but more dynamic. Two successive song namely 'Between Candles And skulls' and 'The Blood Centurion' have the same concept of music , the combination of a harmonic melodic Thrash and Dark Shades are increasingly reinforcing this album becomes an experimental Blackmetal Album.
Overall about this album, Ouija is very dominant playing purely blackmetal with some part of classic era 90s. In album 'Ave Voluptatis Carnis' ,there are Aggresive Vocal Character , different with their first album. The composition of the music's dynamic and structured, track by track extremely varied, as well as having a very strong black shades.
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