After 25 years upholding and reinvigorating thrash metal’s grimmest traditions for the delight of the international underground, the Ugliest Band in the World unleashes their sixth full length, the semi-self-titled Aura Noire! 



"The infernal trio fabricates the best  of black and thrash metal since these two wonderful genres have raised their ugly heads!” 
 10/10, Slam Magazine (AT)
The entire record must be heard. Put it on repeat and find a nice cold beer (or six) and you’ll have a great evening. Cheers!”
10/10, Metal-Norge
"An intense release from start to finish..." 
5/5, BattleHelm (UK)
“The most intense and dynamic 32 minutes of thrash metal you can hear in the current music scene!" 
9,2/10, Hintf Magazine (PT)

"Aura Noire delivers an exhilarating blast of down and dirty, unfettered thrash…" 
4,5/5, Metal Rules (UK)
“You can feel all the power, anger, rage, and rebellion in your bones!" 
" This is one of the most fascinating Aura Noir albums!”
83/100, Aardschok (BE)

" Truly hypnotizing work!”
Blood & FIre (RO)
. “’Aura Noire’ is a dark and pummeling offering that scene fans should find as soon as possible…”
8/10, Metal Observer
“The progenitors of the black/thrash metal genre venture deep into blistering strangeness and sharp obscurity once more…”
Invisible Oranges (USA)

Last Rites (USA)

A band geared towards thrash connoisseurs with active minds and mean spirits, Aura Noir stand at the fore of metal’s definitive genre in an age where the underground is utterly besotted with bands. These Norwegian thrash stalwarts don’t so much tread the line between savagery and sophistication as stomp upon it, showering dirt in the faces of lesser acts with each smoldering crater of an album.

With Aura Noire, a title which quite distinctly resembles their band name, Aura Noir churns through some of the most refreshing, yet nostalgic tracks of thrash metal ever to be heard. The album opens with probably one of the most retrospect of riffs, but suddenly summersaults you into the gloriously dissonant and immersive Aura Noir atmosphere.  The soaring and burning shouts of Aggressor intensely glues the otherwise quite varied and playful guitar riffs and drums together, culminating into the essence of thrash that is Aura Noir!

The first Aura Noir recording occurred in the winter of 1994, at first an auxiliary outlet for a creatively inexhaustible Aggressor. Perhaps unsurprising from a man whose credentials included such left-field legends as Ulver and Ved Buens Ende, this untitled demo is unsettling and manic in tone, stylistically restless and eclectic but with a strong and distinctive musical presence. While the disparate ideas present here would be further explored and perfected by Aggressor later with Ved Buens Ende and Virus, it seems Aura Noir’s true purpose would be to address a more distinct deficit.

Aggressor – Bass, Vocals
Apollyon – Drums
Blasphemer – Guitar