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Review: Aruna Azura - A Story of a World's Betrayal
Aruna Azura
A Story of a World's Betrayal

Label: Metal Scrap Records
Year released: 2013
Duration: 62:28
Tracks: 7
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 2.5/5

Review online: June 8, 2014
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
A Story of a World's Betrayal

Rated 2.63/5 (52.5%) (8 Votes)

I heard that Russian Metal act Aruna Azura played technical Death Metal on the band's debut studio album, A Story of a World's Betrayal. After listening I can say yes, it is relatively technical but also progressive, experimental and occasionally jazzy - and not always in a good way. These Russians' technical skills cannot be denied; they are ambitious and undoubtedly not afraid of challenging themselves with complex and unorthodox moments in their music. This album, however, is a pretty hard nut to crack. It tends to meander around a too much, seeking an identity and not really knowing in which direction to go next. At best, some moments remind me of early Cynic-meets-Opeth but, at worst, they try to walk many paths at one time and end up going nowhere.

There's a "forced" feeling on this album, like Aruna Azura wanted to experiment just for the sake of experimentation and was trying to impress everyone with how good or clever they could be. With less of this "be-amazed-by-us-when-we-start-kicking-ass" type of attitude and whacking off instrumentally, this album could have turned out better.

Nothing can change the fact that Aruna Azura contains of a bunch of skilled musicians that can create just about anything within their music. But please, to make it sweeter for the listeners, put fewer ingredients into your big cake next time. Mixing salt with sugar can be a strange combination.

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