Aversion – Aversion

Rating: 2.5/5
Distributor/label: Independent
Distributor/label URL: https://aversionmetal.bandcamp.com/releases
Released: 2015
Buy Album [URL]: https://aversionmetal.bandcamp.com/releases
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/AversionBand

Aversion1Band line-up:

Leather King – Bass
Vilian – Drums
Max Macabre – Guitars
Vena Kava – Vocals
Nemrod – Guitars

Tracklisting:

1. Espoirs Brises
2. Flesh of the Maggot
3. Pre-Life Nostalgia
4. Sacrifice
5. Your Hate Against Me
6. Nie Udalo Sie
7. Stench of Despair
8. Gangrene Harvest

Review

I’m a huge fan of women in metal and I love how so many more band feature female members and more women are working within the metal world to make it more egalitarian. But what I hate is the label ‘female fronted’, because it gives off the sexist idea that women’s role in metal music is just to sing and be operatic/symphonic or eye candy.

Although every now and again you get a great vocalist who can master the most extremes of all vocals and can give all the male counterparts a run for their money. But I’m afraid, we are looking at a ‘female fronted’ band where such vocals are the only thing that stand out. Not because it’s fronted by a woman, but because the music is very bland compared to a lot of other black metal I’ve heard recently.

Canadian outfit Aversion’s self titled debut, is ok in terms of shredding and tremolos, but they sound like overworked pieces of Norwegian black metal classics which I think have been overused to the death. Opening track ‘Espoirs Brises’ was intriguing but then it started to go a little wrong with ‘Flesh of the Maggot’ and ‘Pre-Life Nostalgia’ making me a little more bored with the sound.

It was frontwoman Vena Kava who kept this album together, and I would think this would have done better had it been her solo album rather than a band who are made up of guys who don’t seem to be wowing anyone anytime soon. I think it’s time for Aversion to rethink their outlook on black metal and make some changes to their musicianship to match the amazing reach and delightful scream of Kava who sounds similar to Behexen and Tsjuder at the best of times.

Review by Demitri Levantis
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