Aurora - _Devotion_
(Serious Entertainment / Voices of Wonder, 2000)
by: Pedro Azevedo (9 out of 10)
From Denmark comes a band who very seriously threatens to become this year's best musical surprise for me. Unafraid to take chances in the technical department (much like Dark Tranquillity did with _The Gallery_), Aurora also add elements that bring to mind such remarkable bands as Opeth and At the Gates. Interested yet? However, don't expect to find a copycat band here though, as the material on _Devotion_ does not lack Aurora's very own style throughout. Beneath some sensual cover art lies a record in which Aurora produce intense and emotional music, backed by very technical and distinctive guitar work and drumming -- technical, but never losing sight of what is relevant and what is superfluous -- and vocals that are both varied and very adequately intense and emotional themselves. Their song structures go far beyond the average three or four minute long chorus repetition routine as well, which together with the impeccable production helps turn _Devotion_ into the excellent record that it is.


(article published 25/10/2000)

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