Aratron was formed all the way back in 2000, but went on a rather long hiatus 2 mere years after their formation. In 2008, the band returned to the Dutch death metal circuit once more, releasing their first recordings in the form of their 2010 demo, Horrifying Visions. Last year saw the band releasing their second demo, The Recovery, unleashing their brand of death metal to fans of Dutch extremity.
Kicking off with the title track, the riffs of Maurice Sas is immediately familiar, and Aratron quickly displays the slight blackened influences that they have in their songwriting, with the melody sounding almost like a death metal version of Mayhem‘s Freezing Moon. But obviously, things here are more brutal than cold, and the blood-drenched vocals of Ronald van Baren bear a rather strong resemblance to Swedish metallers Amon Amarth, though musically, Aratron‘s style is rather different with the heavy trem-picked onslaught being more reminiscent of Incantation and the likes through the creation of the constant high tension that is in the air. At the same time, the band also includes some rather thrashy moments on The Recovery, and songs like Cause of Death also brings in some similarities with compatriots Asphyx, providing some nice headbanging, moshing moments.
Aratron‘s second demo has gone to prove what these Dutch are capable of. With the brashness and that old-school vibe that Aratron has managed to conjure, some comparisons to the recent Gravehill release could be drawn, satisfying fans of the old-school.