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AEON
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The technical death metal sound of Swedenís Aeon hits you straight away as the speakers fire into brutal, cacophonous life. Thereís no messing about here with atmospheric intros - weíre straight into the riffs! Now I like the sound Iím hearing - precise and honed. The only thing is, itís a bit generic - certainly well played but has it got enough of its own identity to stand up in an oversaturated market? On first listen, maybe not! But the creative solos and especially the end song, ĎNo One Escapes Usí really piqued my interest - it sat at juxtaposition to the rest of the album and offered me that interesting hook. So, another listen through! The vibe is there, Iím starting to see why Cannibal Corpse bassist Alex Webster describes them as, ďSimultaneously crushingly brutal and†infectiously catchyĒ. Itís the lead guitar work that helps lift this above many of the current crop of DM bands at the moment Ė at times Iím reminded of Nocturnusí scientifically precise twin lead weirdness! And yes the songs donít take that long to have familiar hooks in them that keep you coming back for more. This is the band's third album (and first for Metal Blade), from a band that started in 1999 and have kept growing since then to become a well respected name in the DM genre (Iíve noticed their t-shirts being worn by various DM luminaries in photo shoots!). Given the right push by Metal Blade this is a band that has the right caliber of music to head on for bigger things. From a solid starting point of 7/10 (on first listen) Iíve upped this to a well deserved 8.5/10.
LABEL:
FORMAT:
Metal Blade Records
Album
RISE TO DOMINATE
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Review by Paul Sims
RUNNING TIME:
45:08
RELEASE DATE:
10th Sept 2007
TRACK LISTING
1) Helel Ben-Shachar
2) Spreading Their Disease
3) Living Sin
4) Hate Them
5) You Pray To Nothing
6) Caressed By The Holy Man
7) House of Greed
8) Godless
9) When The War Comes
10) There Will Be No Heaven For Me
11) Luke 4:5-7
12) No One Escapes Us
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
Sweden
"...the songs donít take that long to have familiar hooks in them that keep you coming back for more."