Ava Inferi have definitely created something different here. In my
opinion, “Burdens” ought to be listened to at least once by
any metal fan, just to remind us all what metal can also be
without loosing the roots of doom in avant-garde experimentation.
the most part, the album is upheld by the enchanting and
intriguing voice of Carmen Susane Simeõs. Her touch is at times
gentle and floating, at times raw, almost demanding in tone. Her
soprano is beautiful and controlled and not used quite as the
other female vocalists around.
music is heavily inspired by Black Sabbath. E.g. one of the riffs
from the tune “A Glimpse of Sanity” is a direct rip-off of
“War Pigs”, but it blends in perfectly and never smells of
theft, rather like a nod to the masters. Funny also to hear how
the beginning of the track “Sinisters” bears a definite
resemblance to the intro to Candlemass’ “A Cry from the Crypt”.
track “Vultos”, on the other hand, is a soul full, bluesy,
laid back groove combined with a slight touch of “Fairies Wear
Boots”. “Fate of Mountains” verges on a
jazz, plus a bit of doom and big guitar sound.
is a beautiful and unique release. It’s one of those albums you
can put on, lie back, close your eyes and just enjoy.