Review by Adam M on May 25, 2017.
Asira performs a very ethereal form of metal music. The riffs here transport you to another atmosphere that feels good and breezy. The similarities lie to a band like Alcest that also performs this type of atmospheric music. The mood created is one of contentment and satisfaction here. The songs emit a positive vibe and it bleeds through to every aspect of the music.
The guitars have that ethereal touch that is splendid to behold. The singing does a nice job of complementing the music, but is nothing to write home about. Still, it’s the guitar work that transports the listener to another plane of existence. To go along with the mood created there is a certain depth to songs that are performed in such a fashion that will keep you coming back for more. The music has that natural ability to draw the listener in for repeated listens and this is a huge credit to the band. There is a certain touch to the proceedings that is largely likeable and lends credence to the replay value to be found here. The mood that is created is largely happy and this needs to be discussed more. It has a manner of making the listener feel contented and this is what leads to the replay value present. It is rare to find such an uplifting piece of work and that is why it is such a worthy entry to the metal genre. The songs glide by and catch your attention each time.
This is a really nice piece of music and it fits in nicely to the more harsh metal entries of the year. It is nice to have a counterbalance of a positive sounding recording and that’s exactly the balance that is struck here. The only downside is that it fails to have a huge impact upon the listener. Efference comes recommended to all fans of atmospheric music, however.
Rating: 7.5 out of 1097