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.
This edition of ?Dreams Like Deserts_ has been newly re-mastered at Strype studios in Oslo, & features additional rare & unheard tracks, including an appearance by Darkthrone's Fenriz on _The Tower & Limbs & Fevers_, plus unheard renditions of tracks from _Deep Tracts of Hell_.
All members of Aura Noir have had illustrious careers to date, with Carl-Michael Eide (Aggressor) currently heading the twisted prog band, Virus, Apollyon is the present bassist in Immortal, & having being Mayhem's guitarist & main writer for a long period, Blasphemer currently plays in atmospheric doom act, Ava Inferi. Aura Noir is considered the top black/thrash act in the scene.
This edition of Dreams Like Deserts is presented on 180gm black heavyweight vinyl.