Not surprisingly Averse Sefira is a black metal band. The act was formed in 1996 in Austin, Texas and plays the no-frills and original style of black metal associated with the likes of Darkthrone. Jeff Tandy DJed a metal show earlier. The Blasphomet Sin Abset demo of 1997 was on New York's Arrogare label. Averse Sefira actually relocated to New York City to further promote the band. This lead to shows in the area and Canada. Furthermore, the band made to South America for a string of dates alongside Dark Funeral. Although the band used a drum machine, Nuclear Greg of Night Conquers Day has worked with the band. Averse Sefira and Lost Disciple went separate ways in 2003. A Union in Blood - Live In Bordeaux was issued independently in 2003. Evil Horde Records issued the band's Tetragrammatical Astygmata CD in September. The Blasphomet Sin Abset demo was reissued in 2005 through Hellspike Records. The group signed to Candlelight in 2006. The band’s second album, originally issued by Lost Disciple, was released again in 2007 by Candlelight Records. The band was touring with 1349. Advent Parallax was issued on February 12th through Candlelight. Prior to the album's release, the band teamed up with Rotting Christ, Immolation and Belphegor for a 26-day American tour.
AVERSE SEFIRA - ADVENT PARALLAX - CANDLELIGHT
Advent Parallax is Averse Sefira’s first album for Candlelight Records and a classic case of an album that grows on one. Perhaps it was my lack of familiarity with the band, the expectation that this would be the kind of extreme metal that Dark Funeral has gotten us accustomed to or just some kind of old school expectation, but the sound that came out of my speakers the first couple of times was more technical and complex than my original anticipation. The band is fast and furious and knows how to fill the air with its guitar sound, but the riffs are not the fuzzy primitive kind. That might be a good or a bad thing depending on one’s favourite flavour of black metal. It is as if Voivod’s discordant school of chords was tuned down, sped up and thrashed in one’s face. The vocals, but of course, are screamed and unrelenting.
One thing of note is how the disc features the same photograph that we have here on the site. Apparently, the label did not have anything newer than we did in its possession as our picture is in all probability several years old. With the band pictured as a duo one is not sure whether the drummer is in, out or guesting. Whether two or three, Averse Sefira must be a lonely unit down in Texas. - Anna Tergel