With generally rapid guitar lines, and floatingly graceful harmonies, Aurora is a very lucid and sensible work, that knows how to extract vividly intense and energetic melodies from the despondent surface of its mournful dramatic tones. With a preponderantly afflictive sonorous layout, that explores objectively the gracious waves of its pungent style, the band knows how to elaborate and maintain intact their sensorial structure, that very insidiously, gradually, exposes a somber and imperative, but at the same time organic atmosphere of DSBM, permeated by a taciturn, but splendorous genuine fragrance, that – contrary to several other acts in this subgenre – doesn’t push too hard nor exaggerate on their sensitive elemental dispositions.
With beautiful harmonies, and a passionate equilibrium that elaborates with tenacity the placidity and the prudence of their flexible, though concentrated sonorous nature, Kultist remains cohesive for the entire album. Never predictable nor monotonous, but highlighting their propensities without depriving nor simplifying their singular style – that can be quite heavy, but also concomitantly poetic – Aurora can be categorized as an intense, mellifluous and intuitive album, elaborated by a band that undoubtedly has mastered its own technique of a restrained, but mordacious creative impetus.
A beautiful album that establishes more elevated standards for DSBM, Aurora is a formidable record abundant on distinct and magnificent harmonies, that plays by serious, defined and mature musical principles. It becomes quite obvious from the beginning that these are serious musicians, and not just a group of tedious teenagers with nothing better to do. They have gracefully elevated this subcategory of black metal to a more poetic, lucid, professional and serene form of artistry, effectively giving the first giant step to make this marvelous subgenre a genre by its own merits.