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Cherry Pop

Title - Lights Of Night
Artist - ASKARA

For those not in the know, the Swiss melodic dark metal band ASKARA has been an active part of the metal scene since 2013.

Following their debut album Horizon Of Hope from 2016, they will now release their sophomore album Lights Of Night this coming in April 8th, 2022 via Bob Media Distribution / Fastball Music.

Similar to their debut album, the band presents a powerful, at times dark, but always melodic metal sound that is consistently captivating from production, through songwriting, into recording and thusly into performing live.

Indeed, ASKARA succeed in playing their very own style of dark metal and coming up with new ideas that are unheard-of. Perhaps none more so than the perfect symbiosis of the two singing voices: vocalist Miril and bass player/vocalist Elia.

With the latter responsible for the deliberate use of growls, combined they create a fascinating oeuvre with catchy highlights throughout the entire album.

Raphael on drums and guitar player Benjamin also provide that groovy, hard-edged, atmospheric and melodic mix that helps ASKARA’s music become what it is to all their beloved fans.

1. The Birth Of A Star
2. Nocturne Of Cold Mystery
3. Through Fire
4. By God
5. To Ailsa Rock
6. Reprise: Harbour Lights
7. Hibernation
8. The Dark Night Of The Soul Pt. I
9. Seven Years
10. Viator
11. The King’s Song

This quite stunning rock album opens on the atmospherically charged instrumental The Birth Of A Star and the throaty Goth-metal of Nocturne Of Cold Mystery and follow those up with the melodic buttress found within Through Fire, the reaching AOGR balladry of By God, the drum-led, and near nine minute opus To Ailsa Rock, and then we get the short, but sweet, and aptly-named piano instrumental Reprise: Harbour Lights.

Next up on this vibrantly alive new album is the beautiful Gothic balladry of Hibernation which is in turn backed by the lamenting first single Dark Night Of The Soul Pt. 1, and then comes the yearning, melodic aesthetic of Seven Years, the album rounding out on the Goth-pop-rock of Viator, coming to a close on the darkly sculptured The King’s Song.

The four-piece band also kills it live on stage, having already proved themselves in the past by playing on huge festivals and as the opener for Sleeping Romance during their international tour.

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ASKARA - Hibernation (Official Lyric Video)