Bud Metal Records proudly presents the new full-length album from British Columbian Black Metal Heathens AVITAS, entitled "Pioneers." The follow-up to 2014's "Northern Ghosts," AVITAS return with over 45 minutes of esoteric pagan black metal, with dark psychedelic elements and occult sermons.
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REVIEWS/ INTERVIEWS/ RADIO etc.:
In-depth interview with Lords of the Nightrealm Magazine:
"Myrtroen (the only band member) is creating a strong and intense form of Black Metal that keeps the same spirit from those days on the 90s when MAYHEM, BURZUM and DARKTHRONE scorched the earth with their music. But as well some of the feeling from BATHORY on "Blood Fire Death" and "Hammerheart" times is present here. We can say that it's a Black/Pagan Metal album, with tons of aggressiveness and harshness, but with a whole atmosphere of good taste present.
The sound quality is really harsh, keeping the roots of the band musical identity on the past days, when playing Black Metal was more than simply play some instrument and say some blasphemies. But this quality is the one that AVITAS need for their songs to express their musical feelings and ideas.
Musically, the band's work is truly good, as songs as the impacting and violent "Pioneers" (with very good and traditional Black Metal riffs and shrieked vocals), the sinister "Magickal Rites from the Ancient Aryan Tomes" (with good rhythmic changes, between fast tempos and some introspective and raw slow moments), the long and full of variations "Satan Delights in the Darkness and Blackness… Which are Opposite to the Whiteness and Light that Please Heaven" (what very good vocals and rhythmic session. But the riffs are excellent), and the long song with a Pagan feeling called "Midnight Bonfires to the Lunar Eclipse". But as well, give some attention to the band's version for MINISTRY's "N.W.O." that gained a total different insight, leaving the Industrial atmosphere to a more Black Metal orientated one.
It's a very good album, indeed!" Marcos Garcia, Metal Temple
Full review: www.metal-temple.com/site/catalogues/entry/reviews/cd_3/a_2/avitas-pioneers.htm
"The vocals are a mid-ranged rasp that are shrouded in the cloudy distortion. The guy is basically echoing that which was once spoken by the Norwegian black metal legends. However, the performance is still nice. The real star of the show is the guitar. Their low-pitched tremolo riffs create a chilling yet enchanting atmosphere. Their mid-paced riffs pay tribute to the bands that made black metal what it is today. There are also times when the guy plays dark melodic hooks, such as those on “Raincoast Necromancer (Brother XII)”.
Avitas isn't exactly doing anything groundbreaking, but they still make great black metal that is really atmospheric. It's dark and cold but it also invokes the majesty of the wilderness of British Columbia. I wish I found out about this guy earlier." - BreadGod, Servile Insurrection
"The bands previous release was a little below average honestly, yet showed stong elements of promise underneath peeking through it’s blackened soul. Now they have taken that rough diamond, and now have honed that diamond to dangerous sharpened point, which strongly gleams brightly, reflecting it’s creators black heart. This comes highly recommended from me, but do not take your time, as I believe this is professionally produced record is strictly limited to 300 copies!
-Dale Roy, Canadian Assault 'Zine
"classic old school sounding black metal. cold, melodic and creepy."- WORT-FM Moshpit Radio 89.9 FM, Madison, Wisconsin.
Interview about "Pioneers" and album streaming with Pest Webzine:
"As from the opening track Pioneers it’s clear (unclear might be more appropriate) that Avitas have no intentions to betray their roots. Thanks for that, Myrtroen! The song (and this goes for about all of them) brings an extremely heavy, pushing, pounding and, at the same time epic-melodic interpretation of timelessness. The structures surely are rooted within the greatness of the nineties, but the final result cannot be limited to ‘old school’ alone. It’s difficult to explain. No, there are no progressive or modernistic elements for sure, but the material just exceeds the limitations of the nineties’ scene. Avitas still come up with the necessary variation in speed, combining mainly fast, somewhat f*cked-up riff passages with a (limited) handful of massive decelerations, permanently focusing on a cohesive result. Vocally Myrtroen’s voice is quite recognizable, distinctive from the ‘average’ scream, and rather comparable to some East-European, hoarse, sore throat.....With the next piece I was truly surprised, probably because I didn’t read the song titles when I listened to this album the first time. It’s a cover of Ministry’s N.W.O. (from their best album, Psalm 69), totally re-interpreted and deconstructed / reconstructed. Actually, it sounds quite cool because of the refreshing approach. The seventh song, Midnight Bonfires To The Lunar Eclipse, is the most Pagan-oriented one on Pioneers, I think. Especially the epic tremolo leads, the organic drum patterns, the acoustic guitars and the fierce outbursts, as well as the Nordic-sounding melodies, strengthen this statement. Personally I totally adore the vocal lines used on this song, being purely acid / sulphur / venom, and smartly mixed at the background...85/100" Ivan Tibos, Concreteweb
Full review: www.concreteweb.be/reviews/avitas-2
"Currently Blasting #Avitas - #Pioneers On MDR"
Zach Moonshine, Metal Devastation Radio
"Avitas may hail from Canada but their brand of black metal sounds like it came bubbling out of the icy depths of Norway...Pioneers is a solid black metal album with the themes you would expect from a black metal album, death, the occult and Satan. Favorite Track: Track 4 – Islamic State of Death, damn catchy for a black metal track! A solid black metal album for pure black metal fans into 90s era Norwegian black metal."
Feind - ThyDemonsBeScribblin'
Now playing on "Cottage of Blood" with DJ Hamohash and DJ Karon Diamond on Metal Devastation Radio.
"Avitas plays a style of black metal on this recording that is very raw while still having an atmospheric and psychedelic edge in some of the songs, the production sounds very dark and raw..."
Occult Black Metal 'Zine
"Avitas have released their new album " Pioneers" 45 minutes of scraping and blasphemous #blackmetal..."
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