Out of Italy, rarely known for black metal activities, well at least to my knowledge, comes this very interesting piece of music. The name is AUSTRALASIA and they’ve come to take you on a different ride than you used to. You thought that black couldn’t be beautiful and interesting. You were dead wrong. This interesting two-piece formation proved it with their first record ”Sin4tr4”. Golden Morning Sounds released this fine debut. I don’t even know what does it mean but that’s irrelevant. They are not your typical black metal band [duo]. There is more post rock/soundscapes/shoegaze moments mixed up with blast beats and killer riffing than one can predict. Also being an instrumental band, this would be very interesting to see live on stage. Interesting mix of music melt into pot of ethereal guitars, occasional woman chant, dreamlike synths and an atmosphere as you were in some kind of western movie taking place on an ancient planet in Space.
The production is very clean , especially on the mellow parts, but there is the lack of the same when riffs themselves start to plunder. It doesn’t have to be a bad thing though, it’s only a matter of taste. Clearly these boys are very talented and not afraid to experiment with other genres. Influenced by Red Sparowes, Pelican, Mono, Isis and 35007, the Italians also show on display a soft spot for Ennio Morricone’s music which sways throughout the whole album. I think 7 songs, cranking in little over 20 minutes cannot be called an EP release. AUSTRALASIA have managed to carve the path and are on the verge of creating something of their own. Post/black/gaze anyone?!