Wednesday, June 14, 2017

STARDUST NYC Virulently Presents: Nightmares Over Brooklyn - Two Nights Of Infamy with AURA NOIR

Promoters for STARDUST NYC (METAL FESTIVAL), set to take place 10/16 and 17th, 2017 at KNITTING FACTORY, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK have confirmed the first NORTH AMERICAN appearance of Norwegian black metal warriors AURA NOIR and more extreme metal bands.

 AURA NOIR unleashed "OUT TO DIE", 3/23/2012 via INDIE RECORDINGS.

Rightfully considered the ugliest band in the world, Norway's hellish ensemble AURA NOIR have never performed on the North American continent with their original trio formula consisting of Aggressor, Blasphemer and Apollyon. This is a very special treat and we're psyched beyond belief to finally let this monster loose.

To say that we are immensely proud to present this show would be a gross understatement. It was only a question of time, after we brought VIRUS for the first time in US a few years ago.

AURA NOIR will perform a different set each night, covering their entire twenty-four year long career. Better get ready to be obliterated by all that righteously both vintage and putrid. Diehards are strongly encouraged to take it all in like real men and women by witnessing both onslaughts.

For those who understand the gravity of these evenings: we're offering a very limited number of tickets for both shows combined, at a very low price. They will go very fast so act now.

To avoid fees, tickets are available at the venue box office.

Monday 10/16
Mutilation Rites
Meek Is Murder
Doors 7pm, Show 8pm

Tuesday 10/17
Couch Slut
Funeral Leech
Doors 7pm, Show 8pm

Two night combo advance sale:

AURA NOIR's yet unentitled sixth studio album will be out by October, and North America will get a vicious taste of it face to face first here, in Brooklyn.

And the bad news doesn't end here.

It's not by chance that we booked these gigs on a Monday and Tuesday. While we intend to fuck up the entire rest of your week and pretty much the rest of your year, we to inform you that a US tour hitting both coasts and Canada has been booked in collaboration with our partners from Eternal Warfare. It will be short and bitter and you won't know what hit you.

Never stop the catness!

Luna Dracula/CEO
Stefan Raduta/Assistant


AURA NOIR formed in Oslo in 1995 as a result of Aggressor and Apollyons’ frustration with the metal underground’s trends and fads – the increasing overuse of keyboards and polished production etc. Black metal bands were turning into symphonic trite and thrash metal as such had been left for death (sic) in the late eighties.

They saw a gap that needed to be filled with something real, something metal. They intended to create a band that combined influences of 80s luminaries such as SODOM, CELTIC FROST, VENOM, VOIVOD, DARK ANGEL etc. Thus, black thrash metal was born. Alongside contemporary acts such as GEHENNAH, INFERNO and NOCTURNAL BREED, AURA NOIR found themselves at the forefront of a new wave of underground metal, returning to, and celebrating the eighties’ school of evil, dirty thrash metal.

‘Dreams Like Deserts’ was released later that same year and this mini-album featured Aggressor and Apollyon switching drums and guitar/bass/vocal duties between them on every other track. This was to become a tradition for the band, both live and on record. The black and white sleeve depicting Apollyon and Aggressor at a local graveyard, wielding beer bottles and sporting the middle finger completed the oldschool feel.

‘Black Thrash Attack’, their debut full-length, followed a year later, and a more apt title has hardly graced an album. Blasphemer (ex-MAYHEM) rounded out the line-up on guitars, and the trio seamlessly combined their obvious eighties’ inspirations with their undeniable songwriting knack. ‘Black Thrash Attack’ is still revered by many fans as the ultimate AURA NOIR album.

On the 1998 follow-up ‘Deep Tracts of Hell’, the band broadened their horizons, adding new filthy elements to their sound and going for a rawer approach, resulting in one of the ugliest and most volatile albums ever. It was also written and recorded solely by Apollyon and Aggressor, with Blasphemer concentrating on MAYHEM at the time.

It would take six years until ‘The Merciless’ arrived and with a dry, in-your-face production , and clocking in at less than 26 minutes it was AURA NOIR distilled and refined to the bone. The album was hailed by fans and press alike, and half of the songs on that album is with them on their live-set today.

In 2008 AURA NOIR released their fourth effort, ‘Hades Rise’, with Blasphemer, and Danny Coralles of AUTOPSY contributing on lead guitars. Following Aggressor’s 2005 accident, rendering him unable to play drums it was the first album to feature Apollyon drumming on all songs. With their most diverse material yet and a dirty, organic sound - not to mention the most absurd endorsement list ever - it was an immediate underground hit and a critics’ favorite that year.

2012 sees the release of the fifth AURA NOIR album, ‘Out to Die’, their first album with Indie Recordings, with Blasphemer permanently back in the fold and several tours in Europe, North- and South America under their belt since 2008’s ‘Hades Rise’. It was bound to cement the band’s reputation as a black thrash attack more ugly, brutal and merciless than ever.

2017 will mark the release of AURA NOIR’s seventh album. Already completed, with this monster the hellish trio will once again step up and deliver the ultimate and unexpected. A sordid mass of crazed inspiration and dedication, a true return to form.

Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l-