Album Review: Okera – A Beautiful Dystopia
Release year: 2012
Sorry for the long absence, guys. I’m trying to get back in the game here. In the time I’ve been missing I’ve been busy running my small business and hunting for, purchasing and moving to a new home. Any of you ever pack up to move from a place you’ve lived for eighteen years as an adult? Let me tell you, you aquire a lot of shit. Shit that takes A LOT of time to sort, clean, pack, move and unpack. Not to mention all the other shit involved with purchasing a home, selling the old one and moving. Any of you who haven’t done it yet, be ready for a hell of a process, that’s all I’m sayin’.
Anyway, let’s talk about some fuckin music. Niek posted The Black Rain back in April, 2010. That song was the title track of Okera’s three song 2010 demo which I became hooked on and has had me anticipating this full-length since. This new album, aptly titled A Beautiful Dystopia, contains versions of the three tracks from the demo plus four new songs.
Okera craft what is truly beautiful to my ears. Melancholic guitar melodies with a tone that shines just a glimmer of hope through the doom. In addition to those melodies there are some meaty Doom riffs that really deliver some power. Add to that some equally solid bass work and an outstanding drum performance throughout and you’ve got a near masterpiece. Then, oh yes, then we add the vocals. Ranging from low roars to some seriously sinister mid-range growls, they ice the fuckin cake!
I just don’t feel that I have words which can properly describe how incredible this album is. I do have a Bandcamp player that will certainly tell you everything you need to know!
My Grade: 9.5/10
Buy this when:
- You love beautiful melodies served with a growl.
- You’re needing something heavy yet relaxing.
- Just fuckin buy it!