Avernus - _Of the Falling_
(MIA Records, 1997)
by: Adam Wasylyk (10 out of 10)
This is my first "10" given for a review in CoC, and I must say it earned EVERY mark. After seeing Avernus at last year's Milwaukee MetalFest (and who will be playing this year as well) and reviewing their amazing _Farewell to Eden_ demo (review in CoC #14), I had no idea why these guys weren't signed. Since then Avernus have signed to MIA records and have released their first full-length which is comprised of new tracks along with a couple off _FtE_. A doom band at heart, they also incorporate Arabic and Celtic influences into their sound which really accounted for the enjoyability factor I got out of this. Littered on _OtF_ are dueling male and femme vocals which play off each other beautifully. Eight tracks of melancholic doom with some flair. Definitely my favorite record of 1997 thus far and is highly, highly recommended.

(article published 9/4/1997)

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