In all honesty, I spend far too much time (and money) seeking out new bands as there are so many deserving to be heard, it is just a matter of persistence and effort to gain results. Admittedly, it is far easier these days but that doesn’t diminish the reward when you come across an artist that creates music that resonates, case in point, Auld from Canberra and their debut three-track effort, …Of Petrichor and I, which also happens to be my introduction to their label, Eschatonic Records, as well.
As someone who generally is not a fan of folk metal, the mention of that particular f word sets off metaphorical alarm bells in my head, Auld spares me any such angst as their music leans far more toward the metallic side with the folk elements playing an embellishing role at opportune times. Even more importantly, when they do appear, they sound convincing and genuine rather than tokenistic, thereby bringing another dimension to the more traditional black metal side of proceedings.
Now, you probably don’t have to be a linguistic genius to determine that Auld translates to old in Scottish and it is also highly likely that the panoramic image on the cover gives a fair indication of what is to be heard and the underlying motifs. That said, …Of Petrichor and I is certainly not lacking in the necessary intensity and they consistently make ample use of flowing riffs and undulating rhythms to create songs that manage to balance both melody and melancholy perfectly.
Given it is only three songs and has a duration of under twenty minutes, …Of Petrichor and I is a strong first outing from Auld that certainly offers a glimpse of what could be. It isn’t that what they do is groundbreaking, far from it, but …Of Petrichor and I still manages to acquit itself admirably and demonstrates that Auld is confident in what they do, where they choose to go from here remains to be seen but I, for one, shall certainly be watching.
Release Year: 2021
Reviewed by Peter Schulz