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Unsettling sonic explorers gaze into the abyss

Being enigmatic is nothing new in the darkened corners of the black metal world, and for new entity Gaerea, secrecy is paramount; they wear masks featuring occult symbols, they use single-symbol stage names, and they are from everywhere and nowhere (various sources of the internet suggest numerous locations on the European mainland). Mystery is always welcomed within the dark arts, with bands often choosing to either allow their music to speak for itself, and with a self-titled EP on the cusp of release, this quintet are preparing for some of that mystery to be broken. They may be keeping themselves hidden, but their music needs to be heard.

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