Vorfeed.net B.M. Reviews - Pest - Ara

Artist: Pest
Album Title: Ara
Label: Ketzer

There are at least two Pests. This is the one from Germany. They play Black Metal.

This is a very chaotic album, composed of short, quick riffs and atypical drum fills that combine to form strange, shifting musical patterns. The vocals seem to exist somewhere above this base, as competent Black Metal screams, and somewhere beneath the base, sparing keys are used. There are some occasional acoustic guitar/piano interludes, all of which are quite excellently played. These are one of the best things about the album - a lot of bands try this, but seldom does it work as well as it has here. The drumming is also noteworthy, especially the use of cymbals. They contribute quite a lot to the unsettling atmosphere of the album.

I'm not sure exactly how to categorize this band. They remind me of both Master's Hammer and fellow labelmates Grabnebelfursten, yet they're so completely different from both that it's hard to say they're in the same vein at all. The label compares them to In The Woods. I'd say that this band is a bit too aggressive for the comparison, especially to In The Woods' later, not-very-metal works. In the end, all I can do is give my wholehearted recommendation. This is an album that will please those looking for out-of-the-ordinary Black Metal.

Standout Tracks: "Im Angesicht der schwarzen Sonne", "Am Ende des Weges", "Breeding"