On Thorns I Lay
Aegean Sorrow


4.0
excellent

Review

by Simon CONTRIBUTOR (232 Reviews)
March 16th, 2018 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Imitation is art and art is good.

Paradise Lost’s exceptional craftmanship on The Plague Within amounted to a seminal milestone for the band. Their ability to construct songs with a death and doom metal framework and add poignant, yet beautifully accessible and melodic guitar passages made it a metal record for the ages, a project that will be looked on for years to come. Right now, you’re probably looking at the band name for this review with confusion; why would I open up this review for On Thorns I Lay’s latest endeavour by giving credit to one of Paradise Lost’s grounding achievements" That’s simply because from the moment I heard the opening notes to “Erevos”, it was undeniable in thinking the influence came from anything other than The Plague Within. Maybe I’m completely wrong with my initial analogy. Maybe I need to listen to more bands of this sort. But everything on that song, from the sludgy rhythm section right down to the catchy guitar parts and guttural lows from the vocals, emitted the unshakable feeling Aegean Sorrow is using Paradise Lost’s 2015 effort as a crutch.

It might seem like I’m pissing all over Aegean Sorrow, but the truth is I actually thoroughly enjoyed it. There is a line that some bands can sit on where they don’t have to be an inventor, nor do they have to make their music sound tired. There’s nothing original to be found here, but if, like me, you loved The Plague Within you’re going to be in your element here. The meaty production, clarity from the great guitarwork and symphonic undertones all bring enjoyable results, and one that rarely slips up. The harmonised guitar soloing on a song like “In Emerald Eyes”, the instantly infectious guitar opening to “Erevos” or the unwaveringly impressive vocal work ensures a gratifying delivery, and one that will see fans going back for more after it’s finished. It’s a consistently interesting album that offers solid death and doom metal with the occasional curve ball to keep you on your toes: “Olethros, Pt. I” ups the adrenaline dosage with a quicker tempo, punchy chugging guitars and some excellent descending chord changes that add a cathartic feeling to the song, before offering up more bright and well-made guitar solos.

Like I say, there’s nothing here you haven’t heard before. What stops this from being a derived farce is that it uses these tropes as a badge of honour and builds its foundation with love and care for the genre. Even the predictability of “Olethros, Pt. I” shifting into a sombre acoustic number for "Olethros, Pt. II” didn’t turn into an eye-rolling exercise like it normally would. It’s all handled very well, and it’s hard to really pick fault with Aegean Sorrow, bar its obvious flaw. The bottom line is that if you’re a fan of this type of music, it’s hard not to find solace in what it offers. Just don’t go into it expecting anything other than the spade being a spade.

Excellent.

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DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
March 16th 2018


15080 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Stream it here: https://alone-records.bandcamp.com/album/aegean-sorrow





Digging: HEALTH - VOL. 4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR

manosg
Staff Reviewer
March 16th 2018


11452 Comments


So glad to see a review for this one and really nice write up. I'm also happy that these guys are still around - got to see them in 1999 supporting The Gathering and bought Crystal Tears the very next day. Nice to read that this one has a good production because I really disliked the production on Crystal Tears which featured solid songwriting.

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DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
March 16th 2018


15080 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks manosg. This is my introduction to the band. I had no idea they'd been going that long!

manosg
Staff Reviewer
March 16th 2018


11452 Comments


haha yeah they've gone through different styles as well. Their debut was more like melodeath iirc, Crystal Tears is gothic/doom and from what I understand this tends more towards traditional doom/death.

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
March 16th 2018


15080 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Man, I'll have to get on their other work then

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
March 16th 2018


9292 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That 4/5 sits so well here, awesome write up as always Simon

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
March 17th 2018


15080 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Noct



you heard their other works?

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
March 17th 2018


8191 Comments


Loved Sounds of Beautiful Experience and Crystal Tears back in the day, and based on your review Dr, I should check this some time soon.

Good review.

Digging: Sordide - Hier Dj Mort

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
March 17th 2018


15080 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cheers Voivod. Yeah, it's a really solid effort.



If I enjoy this, which one should I check out next?

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
March 17th 2018


8191 Comments


^^Their first three albums for sure, the early '00s work is not on par, but that's just me.

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
March 17th 2018


9292 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you heard their other works?




I haven’t at all, this is the first for me. I was looking for a band called Aeonian Sorrow when these guys popped up

Dmax28
March 17th 2018


458 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is a classy release, especially those first three songs are brilliant.



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