AOTY 2019
Ben Frost - A U R O R A
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2014 Ratings: #89 / 845
User Score
Based on 169 ratings
2014 Ratings: #198
May 26, 2014 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
AllMusic

His disciplined approach and bleak yet massively creative imagination delivers a particularly 21st century industrial music of his own design. A U R O R A is dark, dreadful, and dramatic; it is also a masterpiece.

90
Resident Advisor

Where 2009's By The Throat was ruthless but exacting, this one feels genuinely unhinged—and that unpredictability makes it far more thrilling than any engineered suspense could have been.

85
Pitchfork

A U R O R A can be heard as Frost’s attempt to create something physical, and it stands above the rest of his discography.

80
The 405

Ben Frost has pulled off something quite remarkable with A U R O R A in making a record that's pretty terrifying in places yet so utterly irresistible. 

80
musicOMH

There is a epic scale to many of these tracks, and there is also an underlying and undeniable sense of violence. Yet curiously Aurora is also one of Frost’s most accessible and positive sounding records, and one of his most metallic and industrial efforts to date.

80
Exclaim!

There can be beauty in decay, growth from devastation, and A U R O R A helps open your eyes to that perspective.

80
PopMatters

Aurora does not disappoint; it continues Ben Frost’s resume as one of the most fascinating experimental musicians in the world.

80
FACT Magazine

Frost’s brand of menace has always been intricate and complex, but where on By The Throat and Theory Of Machines he would counter harsh noise with softening ambient and post-rock touches, A U R O R A feels more purely cathartic, though never one-dimensional or static.

70
Tiny Mix Tapes

It appears that Frost has almost entirely detached himself from the organic strands of humanity and earthed sentiments these earlier works quoted, producing defections of machined drang and blazed intensity that climb at a dislocated remove from anything communicable or assimilable.

JeremiahMurphy
86
A U R O R A ...... Creates a dark atmosphere around my room but the record when your listening is so creative. The sounds and feeling of it is incredible and its a experience that is truly unique. This was actually my first record by Frost that i've listened to but damn will i say his sound and style has left a great impression on me.
holsgr
76
( ☆☆☆½ ) great/decent album
tha138
72
Lost behind the industial smoke and the invisible drama we watch ambient at its darkest hour.
zeldox
90
Dark and absorbing. Once you surrender to listen, you dissolve. The other side of Swans. Majestic.
snarekickblues
73
Best Track: Nolan, Diphenyl Oxalate, or Sola Fide
Worst Track: Flex
Most Overrated Track: Venter
Most Underrated Track: No Sorrowing
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Decade Lists

/AllMusic (2010s)

Track List

  1. Flex,
  2. Nolan
  3. The Teeth Behind Kisses
  4. Secant
  5. Diphenyl Oxalate
  6. Venter 
  7. No Sorrowing
  8. Sola Fide
  9. A Single Point Of Blinding Light
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