I first heard Aura Noir on a compilation album - Fenriz presents the best of Old School Black Metal. Blood Unity, Aura Noir's contribution to the album, was the track whose brilliance stood out above all others, its fast pace, powerful riffs, wild drumming and dark, tortured vocal style blew me away.
I purchased Deep Tracts of Hell as soon as I possibly could, expecting further brilliance, and was far from disappointed. I admittedly had assumed that Blood Unity would stand out as the most accomplished track on the album - how wrong I was ! Beginning with the brutal title track, I encounted wave after wave of unparalleled black thrash excellence, evoking powerful themes of suffering, brutality, pain and outright chaos. There are no "Stand-out songs" on this album, every one is an instant black thrash classic and is as enjoyable as the last. Believe me, this is the rebirth of Norwegian black metal, rekindling the flame of their predecessors who first pioneered the black metal sound, and creating a blazing inferno of their own.
Another source of interest regarding this album is that Apollyon and Aggressor switch roles from track to track, both playing drums, guitars and delivering vocals. This results in a very unique album, with each track having something special to add.
If you are a fan of old school black metal, WHY ARE YOU STILL READING THIS? BUY THIS ALBUM NOW !
I would love to recommend this album further but in all honesty, I believe the sound may be rather too intense for those not acquainted with black metal, but if you have an eclectic taste and wish to experience the black metal sound, this is as good a place to start as any other.