US black metallers AYR will release their highly anticipated first full-length,“The Dark”, on 24th July 2020.
The Dark. Hardly a record takes such an unassuming yet fittingly title as the reappearance of AYR through its first sign of life after eight lengthy years of slumber, after nothing was left to give.
“The Dark” is undeniably bursting with a profound darkness, a deep dive into the wicked and chthonic essence of the soul. From the evocative acoustic chords of “Origins in Descent” to the mammoth of heaviness and belligerence, an epic discharge where all light dies, the North Carolina duo sets the tone for a gargantuan ride into hidden regions of the self.
Thru Black Metal as the foundation for the group’s recipe, AYR does not shy away from variation. Considering a torrent of audial traits, from full on ambient landscapes to mesmerizing melodies filled with anguish and melancholy, one is faced with a barrage of intensely grand riffing and tasteful rhythmic section, dynamic, vibrant, a superb accomplice to the anguished wailing that viscerally permeate throughout “The Dark”.
AYR‘s vision stands fixated Below, where the Void is worshipped, an essence which very much pervades all over the album’s music, sound, visual and lyrical aesthetics.
Released through Wolves of Hades on a limited Vinyl edition, with The Hell Command releasing the CD and Cassette version, we welcome AYR’s return with “The Dark”, the perfect soundtrack to a world swallowed by a thick impenetrable fog.
(Text by Mário Souto)
01. Origins in Descent
02. Where All Light Dies
03. Worship the Dark
05. Return to the Void
06. Sever the Golden Chain