Mirage

Gaerea - Mirage
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2022 Ratings: #132 / 805
User Score
Based on 64 ratings
Liked by 11 people
September 23, 2022 / Release Date
LP / Format
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Distorted Sound
The guitar work throughout is exceptional and you are left wondering how they can create such raw emotion with their assault on the strings.
86
Sputnikmusic

"Superação", the Portuguese word for exceed/surpass, is probably the best way to describe Mirage and what it represents for Gaerea, creatively and professionally.

80
Metal Injection

Their third full-length, Mirage, is robust with vigorous and overflowing open emotion. These shrouded and mysterious artists may hide their faces and their identities but their feelings and passion is out for all the world to see, experience and fully embrace.

70
Angry Metal Guy

Mirage is extremely high-quality black metal from an excellent band.

TeodoreMcgee
80

Dois anos depois de Limbo, álbum que lhes garantiu aclamação internacional, os portugueses Gaerea regressam aos projetos discográficos com Mirage, para provar que não foi à sorte que conseguiram esta fasquia elevada. Ora a banda demonstra que não tem de provar nada a ninguém, pois Mirage excede até as mais ambiciosas expectativas.

Ritmos indutores de ansiedade, percussões hercúleas, riffs grotescos e umas guitarras ... read more

their_nickname
85

Is this band's name pronounced like diarrhea? Like guy-uh-rea? Well it's certainly not shit. That's the worst opening to a review I've ever done, but a fair question. This is an excellent progressive black metal release, at times calling back to the best of Deafheaven and WitTR instrumentally and vocals hearkening back to the best of hard-core moreso than typical blackened shrieks. It all also feels very cathartic, it almost exudes a triumphant optimism at times which I'm sure will annoy the ... read more

emergencydog
85

A rather interesting attempt at Modern Black metal. To my dismay, I haven't heard them before though I guess I should've. Gaerea's Mirage is a very intense, fast and emotional piece of Black metal which justifies its progressive or modern label using untypical guitar techniques in Black (for instance, much tapping and stacattos) beyond the typical wall of sound and blastbeats.
In terms of quality, Gaerea matches its contemporaries. The problem is I struggle to differentiate stylistically ... read more

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Track List

1Memoir
8:17
93
2Salve
5:25
100
3Deluge
6:31
93
4Arson
8:54
85
5Ebb
5:31
93
6Mirage
6:37
100
7Mantle
5:16
85
8Laude
6:27
98
Total Length: 53 minutes

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Added on: September 20, 2022