Review: Avulsion Rupture – Wræclást
Written by Tim Dion
It’s rare nowadays to find a black/death metal release with the same muddy production as the greats from the early 90’s that has retained some musical integrity, but Avulsion Rupture’s latest full-length, Wræclást, nearly hit the nail on the head.
Hailing from Nottinghamshire, England, Paul Bobrucki, the mastermind behind Avulsion Rupture, has successfully kept alive the lore of the old black metal legends while adding his own twist.
Wræclást is a trip in a heavy metal time capsule back to the days of church burnings and homicide that encompassed the mysterious genre of black metal. Before giving the album a listen, a quick viewing of the “Wræclást album teaser” on YouTube will give the listener the best impression of what they’re about to experience – a wholesome mixture of 80’s Marduk, Dark Funeral, Morbid Angel, and other black/death benchmarks, beat together to form an album that would entertain the same extreme fanbase. Drawing many influences from the music of the time, Avulsion Rupture has set forth a release that both pays homage to those that laid the path before them and respectfully adds its own ingredients.
One of the major factors that separates Wræclást from releases like Mayhem’s “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas” and Darkthrone’s “Transylvanian Hunger” is Bobrucki’s ability to add a significant amount of variety to his music.
While 2nd Wave Norwegian Black Metal was composed of a fierce and rigid structure, Avulsion Rupture finds a way to appease listeners of both old Emperor and Black Sabbath by providing a clearer sound and a more diverse song structure. Songs like Fauld and Old Remnants contain interesting drum patterns that one may expect to hear in traditional heavy metal from the late 70’s and early 80’s, but the dissonant chords played over them remind the listener not to stray from their seat because there’s more to come.
While one of the most impressive features of Avulsion Rupture is that they are a one-man-band, it is also their downfall.
Bobrucki is a very talented songwriter, musician and vocalist, but the use of programming and lack of actual recordings of instrumentals is cause for some irritation. The hi-hat on the drum set is tolerable until blast beats are played on it, at which point it begins to almost sound as though the song is skipping.
While this typically would not be an issue in many genres, black metal makes frequent use of blast beats in nearly every song, serving as a painful reminder that Wræclást could have been a much better recording on an acoustic drum set.
However, it is not difficult to overlook this small fault to view the talent and enjoy the songwriting held within each of the songs on Wræclást. Every song has its fair share of blast beats, creative heavy metal riffs and vocals that would be welcome on even the blackest vinyl record from 30 years ago.
My personal favorites include ‘The Dark Peak,’ ‘Cursed Corpse Candle,’ and ‘Here Dwells Immortality.’ The latter song contains the most diverse range of vocals, drum fills, and iconic black metal riffs. To any fan of 2nd Wave of Norwegian Black Metal, Avulsion Rupture is a recommended listen and an excellent addition to any rotation with the classics. 8/10