Album Review – Gaerea / Gaerea EP (2016)

This five-piece faceless and nameless horde from Italy will blast your ears and minds with the darkened, dissonant and furious extreme music flowing from their debut self-titled album.

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front_coverPlaying darkened, dissonant and furious Black Metal without displaying any hints of mercy for mankind in the demonic 27 minutes of their self-titled debut EP Gaerea, Italian Black Metal quintet Gaerea will please fans of controversial groups such as Mgła, Secrets Of The Moon, Celeste and Behemoth, among others, bringing an infinite amount of obscurity and consternation to our ears and souls. Hailing from the cities of Rome and Lazio, this five-piece faceless and nameless act is one of the biggest promises in the Italian underground scene, and after listening to this professional and multi-layered album I’m sure the beautiful name of this phantasmagoric horde will stick inside your mind forever.

“Let’s make one thing clear. We need to stress the fact that our era is lost in a huge void of numbness. We are here to bring and present you what your system could not solve by itself. We’ll cover the daylight with ashes and smash the massive skull that’s blocking your brain and will to evolve. We’re Gaerea.” Those interesting words spilled by the band itself are precise in describing their musicality, a dense mix of different extreme styles such as Blackened Death Metal and Funeral Doom, which obviously leads to tenebrous lyrics and a total lack of happiness or hope in each one of the five tracks of the album.

An ominous intro with eerie background noises grows until guitars and deep guttural vocals join the musicality in Santificato, a demonic display of Black and Doom Metal that sounds disturbing from start to finish, setting the tone for the next tune, titled Final Call. Boisterous bass and guitar sounds open the gates to the underworld in this darkened chant blending Atmospheric Black Metal with elements from Funeral Doom and traditional Doom Metal, with its lyrics dealing with our personal struggles and all issues our society faces in this rotting world (“Why we all fight if the end is the same? / Six feet under is deep enough to make us equal like an unborn child / Black or white we want to be someone / We are all made of choices so why do we choose the wrong one? / War is not the answer to stop this carnage / So stand up and face it”).

img_0429Crisp guitar lines ignite the blackened tune Pray To Your False God, where drums come crushing like a steamroller. Moreover, desperate growls and an obscure vibe are the main ingredients in the most menacing of all songs, with its second half getting more sluggish with Black and Doom Metal flawlessly merging into one forbidding organism; followed by the sinister Through Time, a song fans of Behemoth and Triptykon will enjoy for sure due to its flammable Black Metal guitar riffs, anguished screams and a rhythmic and fierce drumming. And singing about death (“You scream for silence / You yell for pain / You just want to be quiet / On this pleasant dream / It burns you must feel / Your flesh going to ashes”), Void Of Numbness is Blackened Death Metal at its finest with a great performance by all band members, closing the EP in a more-than-fantastic and somber way. Furthermore, its drums sound amazingly powerful and heavy, making a precise duo with the satanic gnarls blasted by the band’s phantom vocalist.

Gaerea can be found (but not unmasked) at their official Facebook page, with their devilish EP being available for purchase at their BandCamp page and at the Everlasting Spew Records’ BandCamp page or webstore, but if you want to put your perverse hands on an awesome bundle containing the album and an exclusive, stylish T-shirt, simply visit the Everlasting Spew Records’ webstore for that very special offer. In short, Gaenea might be faceless and nameless, but they’re undoubtedly a solid evil identity that will reach the darkest depths of your mind with their unrelenting music.

Best moments of the album: Pray To Your False God and Void Of Numbness.

Worst moments of the album: None.

Released in 2016 Everlasting Spew Records

Track listing
1. Santificato 3:32
2. Final Call 6:25
3. Pray To Your False God 5:50
4. Through Time 6:31
5. Void Of Numbness 5:09

Band members
*Information not available*

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2 thoughts on “Album Review – Gaerea / Gaerea EP (2016)

  1. You should do some research before doing a review.
    Gaerea is a band of 3 elements from Portugal, where did you get the stupid idea that they are Italians.

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    • Well, thanks for letting me know they’re from Portugal instead of Italy, even with the politeness of a cactus.

      The only thing I’ll have to completely disagree with you is the “you should do some research before doing a review” piece, because that’s what we actually do, and a lot more than anyone else… We check several sources to confirm the band’s origins, members, links to purchase their music etc. As a matter of fact, when I got the promo pack for Gaerea’s EP over a year ago from TWO different partners, both had ZERO info on band members or where they were from. I had to check other sources, like Encyclopaedia Metallum, and at that time it said Italy (Rome and Lazio), I found out that their manager is Italian, and their Facebook page says nothing about their country of origin… Only AFTER the review was posted online the Metallum site was updated to Portugal, and not even the city was updated, only the country.

      In addition, they’re a FACELESS band, they waer masks! how is anyone supposed to know who they are? If I get a promo from one of our media partners showing a photo of five blonde, bearded Viking-like musicians but the promo says they’re from the Philippines I’ll certainly question that, but when a band has no face nor its members have a face it’s a bit tough to validate that info, right?

      Also, if they’re 3 elements from Portugal, why do they keep posting photos on their Facebook page with FIVE elements? Are the other two plastic dolls the band uses to prank their followers? (https://www.facebook.com/gaerea/photos/a.304171886582981.1073741828.299701310363372/560647820935385/?type=3&theater)

      Next time, try just to be a little less disrespectful when telling someone a detail among hundreds of reviews is not correct.

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