Aus Der Transzendenz ("From the Transcendence") is an anonymous quintet that supposedly comes from Austria. The group was formed in '09, and this (their debut) album was released in the February of 2012. The CD is housed in a jewelcase with a twelve-page booklet, but I can't comment them since they weren't included in the digital promo.

The band's brand of black metal shamelessly employs Norway's traditionally organic band-sound, with emphasis on harsh guitar-distortion and raw riffs, to some more modern compositional ideas. The band's lengthy songs are based on resounding resonance that ties the crude riffs, distant bass-echo and primitive drumming into a bundle that oozes a dark, even brooding atmosphere with a pleasing smell of cellar-dust. The playing certainly isn't too polished nor technical, which is a big factor in creating the songs' unpredictability.

The vocals range from heavily echoed screams and growls to some distant clean chants in the closing number. Whereas the guitars create the rhythmic mass of controlled chaos and distortion and the drums are there to keep the songs more easily followable and violent, the vocals' mission is to deepen the dark and blurry landscape that they paint. The howls move amidst the chaos with self-certainty and righteousness, and make the songs feel further obscure. It truly is a drag that the lyrics weren't included.

The band's overall sound is spot-on. The mass of sound feels pleasingly organic and has a deep atmosphere, and the penetrating and inhumane howls finish them perfectly. The album has a fitting length, too, when thinking of its fastest parts and its overall bedlam - and yes, there are some calmer and even half-acoustic parts, but chaos is what prevails. The problems start emerging when one takes a deeper look at the riffs, as many of them are rather used and filler-y. There's enough variation to keep the lacking riffs from becoming imminent during the first couple of listens, but some of them start to sound dull after one starts seeing beyong the discords, distortion and howls.

If you're more into riffs than disorder and cavernous atmospheres, "Breed of a Dying Sun" might not be for you. It's still a great game-opener for the band with a clear and strong vision for their craft, and I'm enthusiastic to hear their next album. For now, they need to focus on stronger riffs and on searching for ways to make their sound further intensive. The album would need a stronger aura and a flow that simply wouldn't let go of the listener until the thirty-minute experience has passed. "Aus Der Transzendenz" is close to their goal, but didn't entirely reach it on this album.

7+ / 10