Vera : Gaerea creates any mysterious aureole by holding on to the anonymous identity of the musicians. The band comes from Portugal (earlier we thought Italy) and after their universally lauded self-titled EP (2016) they will release their full length debut album ‘Unsettling Whispers’ late June. It is filled with intense black metal, regaled with all kinds of other influences, like sludge, post metal and hardcore. There are really fast parts, but they do not only focus on maximum velocity, but on intensity.
‘Svn’ starts very atmospheric, with soaring sounds slowly getting harder, shrill notes and kind of whispered black metal vocals. Those vocals are very intense, close to hysteria sometimes. The music remains atmospheric until the end of this song; only then it cuts loose with lower ranged grunts. ‘Absent’ happens to be wilder, with restless technical guitar runs and tremolo guitar picking. A technique you can hear in most of the songs, also in the mid-paced, more than eight minutes long ‘Whispers’ with its haunting menacing touch (and it is anything but whispered). The most fetching track is ‘Extension To Nothingness’, while ‘Lifeless Immortality’ and ‘Cycle Of Decay’ open all registers, with a risk of losing attention. With the manifest of hopeless despair, called ‘Catharsis’, they slacken down pace again and this song really comes up to expectations with its title. There are enough post metal elements in the music to join the success of the new wave of extreme metal bands.