Wednesday 12 November 2014

DUNE - Aurora Majesty (EP Review)

Aurora Majesty cover art

Album Type: EP
Date Released: 21st Nov 2014
Label: Sea Of Corruption Records

Aurora Majesty – Track Listing

1: Into The Traveller's Halls
2: Of Blade And Carapace


Dune is a 4-piece metal band from Edinburgh, UK. We take influences from a variety of genres including sludge, hardcore, doom, and prog, whilst throwing in an unhealthy addiction to sci-fi novels and film. Long live the Kwisatz Haderach.


Victor Vicart - guitar & vocals
Dan Barter - guitar & vocals
Simon Anger - bass
Dudley Tait - drums


Dune released one of my fave debut records in 2013 with Progenitor. A stirring mix of Sludge, Doom, Crust, Post-Metal and Stoner Metal riffage blended with science fictions to stand out from the crowd. Well 12 months later Dune have released this 2 song 12 minute monster – Aurora Majesty.

The first track – Into The Traveller's Halls – sees Dune venture into more progressive Sludge Metal territory with scary as hell pitch black vocals. Dune just unleash hell on earth with this track. It brutal in every way as the riffs consume everything around you that make it very hard to escape. Parts early Mastodon and High On Fire, this is a winning track from Dune as it simply crushes. Plain and Simple.

Second Track – Of Blade And Carapace – carries on the heavy as hell destructive crust/sludge hybrid with shades of Progenitor slowly worming it's way through to the surface. This is the heaviest track that Dune have written so far and if this is the new direction the band are heading then their full length record is going to be something special indeed. Victor and Dan provide some stunning dual guitar work on this track before hints of Post-Metal noises add a sense of calm. It shows Dune flexing their progressive sludge muscles before adding another heavy round of death metal based growls and grunts to give this track an unpleasant tone which never outstays it's welcome.

Shame it's only 2 songs and 12 minutes long but it shows the future is looking very bright for DUNE. Bring on the full length record in 2015.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by: Steve Howe

Thanks to Dune and Sea Of Corruption Records for the promo. Aurora Majesty will be available to buy on CD/DD from November 21st 2014.

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