Australia’s Rise of Avernus are following up their 2013 debut album L’appel du vide with a new EP entitled Dramatis Personæ. It’s a five-track, half-hour affair that includes a guest vocal appearance by Enslaved’s Grutle Kjellson (on the song “Acta Est Fabula”) — and today we bring you a stream of the EP’s penultimate song, “An Alarum of Fate“.
The booming drums and darting orchestral strings that start the song provide immediate elements of intrigue, and they are strong attractions to the music throughout. But they’re not the only attractions. Take the vocals, for example: They’re an appealing blend of flesh-scarring growls, skyward-soaring clean vocals, and ghostly whispers. And just as appealing is the music’s integration of heavy riffs, hammering beats, mesmerizing piano notes, warm bass tones, and dreamlike strings.
The song’s main melody, which sweeps through the chorus parts and lends an air of gothic doom to the sound, is yet another strength.
The band call the style of their music “orchestral, progressive doom metal”, and based on “An Alarum of Fate”, that’s an apt description for a very interesting and very dynamic piece of music.
Dramatis Personæ will be released on March 30 by Aural Music/code666 in a limited digiseleeve edition, as well as digitally.