Originally appeared on A Different Shade Of Black Metal Zine
“Aethyr are a band from Russia that plays a blackened and occult mixture of funeral doom metal, sludge, ambient and drone and this is a review of their 2015 album “Corpus” which will be released in February by Cimmerian Shade Recordings.
A very dark and melodic drone sound starts off the album before going into more of a doom metal direction along with some grim black metal screams and deep death metal growls and when solos and leads are added into the music they bring in a very depressive feeling to the music while also bringing in a decent amount of melody and most of the tracks are very long and epic in length.
At times the music speeds up a bit and brings in a small amount of blast beats in certain sections of the recording and on the later tracks the band starts adding in more elements of stoner and sludge into the slower doom metal riffing while some of the alter songs also bring in a small amount of synths which also brings in more of a funeral doom and dark ambient atmosphere to the recording when they are utilized and the album also gets more diverse with each track along with one of the songs going for more of a ritualistic drone sound and also bringing in some spoken word samples
Aethyr combine a variety of many different genres together from black metal, funeral doom, sludge, drone, stoner and ambient to create an album that is very dark, heavy, and ritualistic sounding while also being very original at the same time, the production sounds very dark and heavy while the lyrics cover Occultism and Esoteric Disciplines.
In my opinion Aethyr are a very great sounding occult mixture of black metal, funeral doom, sludge, stoner, drone and ambient and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE “Sanctus Satanicus” “The Gnostic Mass” and “Templum”. 8 out of 10.”