FROM BLACK TO THRASH
Let me start this post by saying that,
if you like thrash metal this album is for you.
"But, there's also black metal"
If you like black thrash metal this album is for you.
"But, there's also one death metal song"
If you like thrash metal with black and death
elements this album is for you. Fine now?
Oh, for fuck's sake,
I will start with how it all began
and why the debut has songs from three genres.
Aura Of Pestilence is our next band
to release an album.
The guys playing in it are Houre Noir and I
and we are mainly thrash metal band.
We recorded these songs in 2012 right after
we were done with The Liberator's demo.
We just kept having good time and after a while
we had the album's worth of songs.
But the more we played the more the music
changed to thrash metal.
It just happened, and it felt good.
After the debut was recorded
we tried to find a name for it from the lyrics
and we found two options:
- Ten Ton Steel Sun
- Aura Of Pestilence
It was then when Houre Noir threw into the air
a proposal if our name would not be The Liberator
then it would be Aura of Pestilence.
And that's when I suggested that the band's name
would be changed to debut as half of the songs
were thrash metal.
So at first we thought that only the album's name
would be Aura Of Pestilence:
The Liberator - Aura Of Pestilence.
But we had so much fun playing thrash metal
that we decided to continue on that path and, therefore,
it was natural to change the band's name at the same time.
That was the reason why we stopped playing black metal,
the transition to thrash metal just happened so naturally.
And so was born Aura Of Pestilence.
The name for the band and for the debut
was taken from the lyrics of Rapid Harmagedon.
"Who has Aura of Pestilence
brings as Rapid Harmagedon"
" ...A-bomb heart, electric veins
Only meaning: Maximal Death Rate..."
At least we think we did absolutely the right decision
to reject old school black metal
and move on to play thrash metal.
We are serious about it, but we can have more fun.
Just like Nekroverse's debut
this first print also contains"very rare drops" too.
These very rare drops are different color
(in this release their color is "Titanium Thrash")
and there are only five of them.
The first hand-numbered 100 print includes also
Houre Noir's and my comments about making of the album.
They were originally intended to be in the members blog,
but we want to give something extra with the album.
Who knows, maybe one day we will post them on that blog.
In short, the debut begins with thrash metal,
goes through black metal and ends up in death metal.
This is due to the fact that half of the songs
were composed for The Liberator
and the other half for the Aura Of Pestilence.
That's why we divided the album into two parts:
- A-side: After (the music changed to thrash metal).
- B-side: Before (the music changed to thrash metal).
Because the album has songs from three different genres
you can hear how versatile singer Houre Noir is.
His singing voice will change with the genre
and there is at least six different singing styles.
For the covers we sought inspiration from 80's LP albums.
The front cover was a perfect coincidence.
We thought we'd put a AOP logo on the front cover
(Perfect Stranger style), but then we started to fool around
by doubling it and such.
After couple of try outs, we saw what we were looking for:
A modern looking cover with band's symbol logo
in a not quite so immediately recognizable form.
- Front cover: Modern
- Back cover: Old
- Booklet: Even older
There's two logos: text and symbol.
The debut of course has both of them,
because no one knows the band yet.
We hope that one day people will recognize us
when they see the letters AOP,
but this may just be a pipe dream.
It also required quite a lot of editing and planning
to get all the lyrics to fit on three pages.
My bad habit in this album was to change the lyrics
to the chorus of the song when it comes
the second time.
Oh, I almost forgot the band photo.
The picture of us two is hilarious.
I can hear the screams:
"Nice pose faggot".
It's from the same unplanned photo session
than where Silence After Funeral band photos were taken.
I took SAF photos and Zacob took AOP photos.
Because Houre Noir was holding his guitar
I wanted to hold something too...
so I picked up a cymbal stand.
We thought we'd put a different picture,
but it did not fit very well and it ended up
in the release page.
After all, we are really happy with the result,
just as we are happy with all the SickTwins releases.
It requires a lot of time, money and effort,
but it is worth it when you put your whole heart into it.
We hope that you will enjoy our atypical debut
as much as we enjoyed making it.
We want to thank you in advance
if you decide to support our future releases
by purchasing the album.