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Audiopain – The Traumatizer

audiopain – the traumatizer


The last thing I heard of Audiopain was their last demo from 2003, I missed their split 7″ with Mysticum and their 4 way split 7″ with Aura Noir, Infernö and Nocturnal Breed. So, I can’t declare the change in their music for I missed a little intermediate stations, though I think the change they went through was a great idea and it suits my taste a lot more than it did. Still I play their demo quite often, but this is even better and it turns the demo pale.

Though, this is the first full-length of these Norwegian black thrashers, they show that they aren’t born a few weeks ago. Professionalism drips from this album, and I’m pretty honoured to review this one, for it is one of the better thrash albums I heard lately. The main thing why I like this album is that it reminds me on the thrashy Death pieces, Audiopain’s singer sounds like Chuck Schuldiner in the last two albums (and, yes! This is meant as a compliment). Mostly playing in mid-tempo the songs won’t bore me for a moment, so this is such an album I can play three times in a row without annoying me. The emphasis is set to the thrash side of the music, but still in some songs a clear blackened touch is audible. It won’t surprise you that it is mostly a Norwegian kind of blackmetal that is woven in their thrash music (on their demo it was still more like 50/50), mainly Mayhem comes to mind when hearing the higher tones in the riffs, bridges and loops in a song like “Living Among Humans”. Last but not least, the booklet is one of the most creative I ever saw, you have to fold this out on a very strange way, well done! I’ve never seen something alike…

It should be clear right now, this is a band to keep an eye on. And to those who are already familiar with their previous outputs can buy this with their eyes closed. People from Benelux who are interested in this album can order it from HDG Distribution via this mail address marcelbanziger@hotmail.com, others should contact the band for their copy. And for those who sadly missed their previous demo, that one is still available as well, but you’d better hurry: be quick or be dead.


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