Ava Inferi

Release date: January 23rd 2006
Label: Season of Mist
Distribution: VME ( Denmark )
Website: www.ava-inferi.com

Style: Dark and melancholy music

Rating: 95/100
Cover artwork rating: 75/100

Reviewed by: Thomas Nielsen
Date: March 10th 2006

Portuguese 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.  

For 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.  

The 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”.  

The 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 Twin Peaks jazz, plus a bit of doom and big guitar sound.  

“Burdens” is a beautiful and unique release. It’s one of those albums you can put on, lie back, close your eyes and just enjoy.  

Recommended: Everything.