Reaching back to the emotions of their debut, AUREOLE looks deep within the universe to explore how it affects the inner workings of the mind. With their third release, this ethos only allows for a vast expansion of sound and space while looking beyond dimensions to create this soundscape.
Markov “M.S.” Soroka’s abstract perceptions and estranged ambient explorations bring together the elements into an alien terrain of weird science fiction in the vein of Harlan Ellison or deep terrain exploration that his other projects Tchornobog and Drown accomplished. Allunarian Bellmaster feels like Opeth’s In Cauda Venenum without the technical precision of rock’s finesse. Instead we get hallucinatory dimensional musical ethos.
This style of ambient wades in the waters of spiritualism and deep aural meditation to nightmarish sleep paralysis. The title track blows the gates open of the natural world as if the music represents a thousand points of light bleeding out of your corneas.
Sometimes you hear bells echoing from infinity like on “Warpstorm” as if it was a distant memory where Soroka masterfully burns holes into reality. Natural elements like rain or wind only makes feelings seem tense like ghosts of the tormented inhabiting a monastery. It’s something that feels familiar but bends actuality into a state of psychedelic ambient meets black metal feedback. It all comes to a high point on “Beware That Inhabits The Belltower” where nightmares become possession and the unknown overtakes metal conviction. Hallowed screams, rotating guitar riffs and hollowed-out drum beats all come together like a horrid orgy.
This is just scratching the surface of how Soroka’s explores the depths of space. In it he finds isolation, comfort in the abyss, and ritualistic mantras that test sanity. “Allunarian Bellmaster” is a masterpiece in creating a vision that bends genres and forges new art through broken rules and controlled chaos.