Aeon
Aeons Black


4.0
excellent

Review

by Darion Paone USER (79 Reviews)
December 2nd, 2012 | 26 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: What? Immolation's got a contender? Well, my dick.

Aeon is a five-piece Swedish death metal band, and Aeons Black is their fourth full-length effort. I haven’t listened to much of the band’s back catalogue – something I might want to reconsider now that I’ve experienced the sonic onslaught that is the band’s latest release – but what I had heard prior to Aeons Black in no way prepared me for this. The record is hateful, vicious, and brutal; it lashes out at the listener, both instrumentally and vocally. The band does a great job of engulfing your eardrums with the fiery fury of Hell, but not through sheer brutality. Aeon’s got a talent, a knack for providing interesting songwriting that compliments a powerful sound. Instead of falling prey to the pitfall of relying on force to deliver their album, the band gives us an album filled with top-notch musicianship.

The vocals on Aeons Black are some of the best I’ve heard all year. The powerful low growls are great on their own, but when the shredding high screams are mixed in, things get even better. The vocals certainly waste no time at all in blasting you back against the wall, and pummeling the ever-loving shit out of you; indeed, Tommy’s vocals are a vicious mixture of Amon Amarth screams and The Project Hate MCMXCIX lows. His growls alone bear a frightening and commanding presence – they easily steal the show, and just when you thought the aural slaughter was over, the drums pick up right where Tommy left off.

The drum tracks are, for the most part, tastefully brutal (assuming that isn’t a contradiction); Arttu’s skill set revolves around beating the fuck out of his drum set, which is fine in my book – as long as it’s done right. Aeons Black is more proof of what I’ve been saying all along: you can beat the fuck out of shit and be productive, as long as you beat the fuck out of it the right way. Aeon, or more specifically, Arttu, definitely did it the right way. Plenty of blast beats, snare hits, and double bass kicks will provide the audible backdrop with which the rest of the band murders you, and it’s just fucking glorious. The production of the album benefits the drums exquisitely, as each flick of Arttu’s wrist is punctuated by an intense and deserved bam. That’s right. BAM.

The guitar fills are a bit more nonchalant, a bit less varied, than the rest of the band’s sound. While the bass props up the guitar’s sound, the bass itself doesn’t exactly stand out or make itself known. It’s best described as the unsung worker of a big ol’ Broadway production. Or a roadie. Nobody gives a fuck about him, even though he does a big service to the band. Yeah, I just called a band member a roadie. Oh well. The good thing about the guitars is that, though the variety is disappointing, the solos are fantastic – again making me draw comparisons to The Project Hate. It shows that the band has talent when it comes to forming songs, but more than a few songs feel like they were built around chugging. Though some passages may be technically proficient and melodically pleasing, some of the needless blandness of the record is entirely due to the guitars.

The last bit I really have to talk about is the short instrumental tracks that appear thrice on Aeons Black. They serve as more than filler – instead of being there for the hell of it (no pun intended, har har), the songs allow the listeners to take a much-needed break from being slaughtered and revived by the Swedish death heads. That’s not to say that they take away from the sheer power of this record – they don’t. Aeons Black is a very brutal, very vicious, and very powerful release that should be recognised as such – it’s just nice to hear something more than boring brutality. In short, if you look forward to scaring your Christian neighbours, buy this record – and blast it.

Recommended Tracks:
2. “The Glowing Hate”
4. “I Wish You Death”
7. “Nothing Left to Destroy”
10. “Dead Means Dead”
15. “Die By My Hands”



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Pr0nogo
December 2nd 2012


377 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

In case of emergency, click http://www.terrorizer.com/2012/11/16/aeons-aeons-black-review-and-full-album-stream/

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
December 2nd 2012


21616 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is fantastic

Digging: Soen - Tellurian

Shuyin
December 2nd 2012


11957 Comments


solid band, gonna check this out soon

bloc
December 2nd 2012


34992 Comments


Maybe I will check this out after all. I didn't really dig it when I previewed a bit of it but now that you bring up the Immolation comparisons you do have a point...

Digging: The Birthday Massacre - Superstition

Pr0nogo
December 2nd 2012


377 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ahahah!

The only comparison I made to Immolation was through the review summary. They've both got balls, in essence. I'm throwing this up as number four on my top five of 2012.

All I need now is the most disappointing album of 2012... What will it be? Seeing as how I don't give a fuck about anything, that answer will only be told... by TIME! wooooooo... spooky.

bloc
December 2nd 2012


34992 Comments


Yeah I only read the summary ;)

CaptainDooRight
December 2nd 2012


30239 Comments


Pos'd, will hv to at least hear this

Digging: Fleurety - Min Tid Skal Komme

FrozenVain
December 3rd 2012


2469 Comments


Looks really cool actually. I will def have a listen
Nice review, pos

Pr0nogo
December 3rd 2012


377 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks mates. Glad to see a month or so away from reviewing haven't put me out of my misery yet.

srm90
December 4th 2012


104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I still need to listen to this. I doubt it's on the same level as Bleeding The False though.

srm90
December 4th 2012


104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well I'll be damned. It's definitely their best release since Bleeding The False. It's much more consistent than Path Of Fire.

Pr0nogo
December 4th 2012


377 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's a pretty solid listen, and not too short, either.

Pr0nogo
December 6th 2012


377 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hey cool, I scored an interview with these guys on December 10th.

glezz
December 16th 2012


235 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Holy shit, i havent heard a production like this. It sounds like it's stacked, so the vocals sit on top, clear.

Yeah, this band is really good.
(There is another AEON in Poland that isn't shabby, should release something...

Good Review. Thank you for no song by song snoozefest!


glezz
December 16th 2012


235 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's available for less than 10 bucks dl from Amazon, so you don't even have to steal it!

Pr0nogo
December 17th 2012


377 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh, I never updated you guys, but here's the interview link.
http://www.globaldomination.se/interviews/aeon-zeb-nilsson

Shuyin
December 22nd 2012


11957 Comments


good album, the first track sounds like a Sentenced to Burn rip-off tho

Pr0nogo
December 23rd 2012


377 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

First track isn't as good as the one that follows.

Shuyin
December 23rd 2012


11957 Comments


true, but having an opening which sounds so similar to another well known DM song isnt a very bright idea, imo

Pr0nogo
December 23rd 2012


377 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

One of the many reasons this review rates it at a 4.



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