Norway's Aura Noir was formed in 1993 by Aggressor & Apollyon in pursuit of a more thrash-based form of black metal than much of what was coming out at the time - particularly in their homeland - citing bands such as Slayer, Sodom & Kreator as inspirations along with purveyors of the scene such as Venom, for a dirtier, stripped down, violent black/thrash metal sound. Their first official release was the "Dreams Like Deserts" EP on Hot Records in 1994.
"Dreams Like Deserts" was a fresh revelation upon release, launching the band amid the fever of the second wave of black metal sweeping the globe at the time. The result was a ferocious assault of dirty blackened thrash, immediately gaining Aura Noir cult acclaim in the process, which has continued to this day.
1. The Rape
2. Forlorn Blessings to the Dreamking
3. Dreams Like Deserts
4. Angel Ripper
7. Deep Tracts of Hell (outtake)
8. Purification of Hell (outtake)
9. Released Damnation (outtake)
10. Broth of Oblivion (outtake)
11. The Tower of Limbs and Fevers