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Aeon - Aeons Black
20 November 2012


01. Still They Pray
02. The Glowing Hate
03. The Voice Of The Accuser
04. I Wish You Death
05. Garden Of Sin
06. Neptune The Mystic
07. Nothing Left To Destroy
08. Passage To Hell
09. Aeons Black
10. Dead Means Dead
11. Sacrificed
12. Aftermath
13. Blessed By The Priest
14. Maze Of The Damned
15. Die By My Hands


Aeon's 4th full length is a brutal death metal assault with a heavy dose of groove. And you won't miss any of the complexity because of the remarkably clear production. In fact the production is so clear I feel like this band is in my living room.

Which is AWESOME.

Yet, consequently, because they're in my living room, I feel like they're watching me and if I turn to another album they'll get really pissed off and rape and gut me or something. Not that I WANT to listen to anything else. This 50-minute assault never drags and almost goes by too fast. The onslaught is divided into 15 tracks, 4 of which are instrumental interludes. This breaks things up perfectly and adds a touch more variety to the brutality; probably why I keep craving more.

Melodious riffs sneak in without you really comprehending that an interesting melody is upon you. Aeon's subtlety in this manner guides the listener in a mesmerized state through the density of the music. Yet at other times Aeon is anything but subtle and demands your attention with jarring tempo changes and piercing guitar solos.

Oh, the guitar solos. Their complex beauty provides the simplest of countermeasures to this brutality. My favorite is around the 3-minute mark on "Dead Means Dead"; the especially stunning solo appears like a shooting pain through your body then gently guides you back to the riffs.

Drummer Arttu Malkki also demonstrates plenty of style and range, changing it up frequently and showing intense brutality in a variety of ways. Blast beats and double bass sound like child's play for him and are just a small part of his skill set. His changing and driving rhythms are a huge part of why this music is so fascinating. But if you don't care about all that and just want a drum set begging for mercy at the end of an album, he's your guy.

Lastly, the intensity and clarity of the vocals is the primary reason why I feel Aeon is in my living room. Is it every day that you can really understand the majority of the lyrics on an average death metal album? I'm going to say NO for $500, Alex. Well, Tommy Dahlström, with his incredible vocal range, also delivers WORDS, phrases, and real sentences. They're mostly of the Christ- and Christian-bashing variety ("WHERE IS YOUR SAVIOR?!!! WHERE IS YOUR GOD?!!!") but what matters is we have real enunciation here.

Aeons Black is the band's 3rd collaboration with the illustrious Metal Blade Records and the team continues to release albums that satisfy both those demanding simple brutality and diverse complexity in their death metal. So lay out the welcome mat: Aeon is storming your living room.


Band profile: Aeon
Album: Aeons Black


 



Written on 20.12.2012 by
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MetalDoomMaster - 20.12.2012 at 20:52  
This band is really talented although I thought this album sucked. Good review though
I_Die_Often - 21.12.2012 at 00:32  
Hoping I get this for Xmas!!
Unhealer - 21.12.2012 at 04:40  
Wow, you must study marketing or something those words really convinced me to check this.
Susan - 21.12.2012 at 05:49  
Written by Unhealer on 21.12.2012 at 04:40

Wow, you must study marketing or something those words really convinced me to check this.


What a huge compliment! Thanks I actually studied music instead... so hopefully my words will not lead you astray

Let me know what you think!
Ag Fox - 21.12.2012 at 06:19  
I didn't like the album, but your review is convincing indeed. I'll listen to it again to just make sure who's right lol
PocketMetal - 21.12.2012 at 12:05  
Not in the mood for Brutal Death right now but this is the first thing I will listen to when I decide to come back to DM . also Unhealer stole my words .
Tristus Scriptor - 21.12.2012 at 16:46  
Sounds very intriguing. You surprised me by reviewing something so crushing, yet the appreciation exemplified is a good indication that I must've overlooked any past brutal-tastes. I might give this band another go. While I'm not offended by lyrics in this typical Deicide fashion...I did skip over this band due to wishing for more depth. (Even back in the day, as a kid, I always preferred my evil DM to resemble a more phantasmal, spiritual entity like Morbid Angel...rather than "hate, hate, hate, etc.") But I really do enjoy a relentless beating, so...
psykometal - 21.12.2012 at 17:48  
This is a really good solid album. I am a Christian but even I can't help but chant along to that hook of a chorus "WHERE IS YOUR SAVIOR?!!! WHERE IS YOUR GOD?!!!"
Tristus Scriptor - 21.12.2012 at 18:33  
Written by psykometal on 21.12.2012 at 17:48

This is a really good solid album. I am a Christian but even I can't help but chant along to that hook of a chorus "WHERE IS YOUR SAVIOR?!!! WHERE IS YOUR GOD?!!!"

Well...you're a Christian *metalhead* (like me). That fact in itself means you have a much more open, and less fascist/fundamentalist in attitude. I am very spiritual, myself. But religion sucks. I play one-man black metal as a purging, and listen to stuff like this for the same reason. My comment concerning the Deicide comparison is just really describing how I like my death metal dark, spooky, dank, deep...just a bunch of bitchout crap isn't very engrossing. If you're gonna be an angry, evil representative for the darkness...do it right! Scare me! Lol. Anyway, been listening to this, and while it is good enough to really not care too much about the simplicity of the angry lyrics...I'm not in a huge hurry to purchase it over, say...something released by Razorback Records or something like that.
schizodelight - 22.12.2012 at 19:54  
Incredibly talented band, insanely good vocalist, all around awesomeness... But the monotony of the lyrics drives me fucking insane.
Susan - 23.12.2012 at 00:46  
Written by schizodelight on 22.12.2012 at 19:54

Incredibly talented band, insanely good vocalist, all around awesomeness... But the monotony of the lyrics drives me fucking insane.


LOL the one time you can actually understand the lyrics of a death metal album and they're not ones you want to hear. Naturally
Tristus Scriptor - 23.12.2012 at 02:22  
Written by Susan on 23.12.2012 at 00:46

Written by schizodelight on 22.12.2012 at 19:54

Incredibly talented band, insanely good vocalist, all around awesomeness... But the monotony of the lyrics drives me fucking insane.


LOL the one time you can actually understand the lyrics of a death metal album and they're not ones you want to hear. Naturally

Lol. That is quite funny, considering his unusually good enunciation...
Unhealer - 23.12.2012 at 05:53  
Written by Susan on 21.12.2012 at 05:49

I actually studied music instead... so hopefully my words will not lead you astray


Well, that's even better. I'm "glad" that even after studying music you keep listening to stuff like this and didn't become an annoying elitist like some people I know
I checked out these guys a while ago, they remind me to Bloodbath, which is great. And I agree with everything you wrote... specially the production, it's remarkable!
matai65 - 24.12.2012 at 01:42  
I really like this, reminds me a bit of Cannibal Corpse but better.Definently got a Swedish feel too it and also hints of Immolation.
Hyperion - 24.12.2012 at 03:38  
Written by psykometal on 21.12.2012 at 17:48

This is a really good solid album. I am a Christian but even I can't help but chant along to that hook of a chorus "WHERE IS YOUR SAVIOR?!!! WHERE IS YOUR GOD?!!!"

nice effort of being christian (-_-')
psykometal - 24.12.2012 at 04:11  
Written by Guest on 23.12.2012 at 06:00

always came across as a swedish deicide to me, nothing really remarkable to mention about what they do, so kudos for that

I have always felt the same thing due to the extremely anti-christian lyrics but I have always felt they are better than Deicide; or at least I like them more however you want to look at it.

Written by matai65 on 24.12.2012 at 01:42

I really like this, reminds me a bit of Cannibal Corpse but better.Definently got a Swedish feel too it and also hints of Immolation.

I had to check my iPod at one point cuz I thought I had somehow been switched from Aeon to Cannibal Corpse.

Written by Hyperion on 24.12.2012 at 03:38

nice effort of being christian (-_-')

I am an extremely liberal christian. I listen to metal for the music not the messages, for me vocalists are just musicians with built in instruments. I love Antestor and all but I would go crazy if I limited myself to only listening to them for my black metal fix (black metal is my second fave genre behind death metal).
Tristus Scriptor - 24.12.2012 at 07:56  
Written by Hyperion on 24.12.2012 at 03:38

Written by psykometal on 21.12.2012 at 17:48

This is a really good solid album. I am a Christian but even I can't help but chant along to that hook of a chorus "WHERE IS YOUR SAVIOR?!!! WHERE IS YOUR GOD?!!!"

nice effort of being christian (-_-')

C'mon now...so you WANT us to be easily offended pricks that don't understand how to keep faith and entertainment separate? Sounds like you think all Christians are the stereotypical, irrationally afraid, strict bible thumpers that don't let their kids be anything but Disney good-guys (no villains, mind you!) for Halloween...Far from it. A person with strong spiritual integrity can even be far more open and "liberal" than almost EVERY metal elitist. God made me artistic and left, right, and diagonal-brained enough to be so metal that my Burzum CD sits comfortably on the same rack with Saviour Machine...and I love how evil some of my metal is. Besides...if I were so "evil" that I agreed with the supposedly disturbing nature of most extreme metal...then how the hell would I get disturbed at all? That's the fun of it...XD

Post-comment edit: Ohhhhh...I get it now. YOU are a strict Christian! LOL. Well...Judge not, lest ye be judged, brother. At least the boy (whom you said "Nice effort at being Christian" to) has faith. I do too. No amount of black metal, death metal, horror movies, or whatever changes that. I have a bit of advice for you. Don't hint that a fellow believer is less of a Christian than you. Not very Christlike...
Hyperion - 24.12.2012 at 21:47  
Written by Tristus Scriptor on 24.12.2012 at 07:56

Written by Hyperion on 24.12.2012 at 03:38

Written by psykometal on 21.12.2012 at 17:48

This is a really good solid album. I am a Christian but even I can't help but chant along to that hook of a chorus "WHERE IS YOUR SAVIOR?!!! WHERE IS YOUR GOD?!!!"

nice effort of being christian (-_-')

C'mon now...so you WANT us to be easily offended pricks that don't understand how to keep faith and entertainment separate? Sounds like you think all Christians are the stereotypical, irrationally afraid, strict bible thumpers that don't let their kids be anything but Disney good-guys (no villains, mind you!) for Halloween...Far from it. A person with strong spiritual integrity can even be far more open and "liberal" than almost EVERY metal elitist. God made me artistic and left, right, and diagonal-brained enough to be so metal that my Burzum CD sits comfortably on the same rack with Saviour Machine...and I love how evil some of my metal is. Besides...if I were so "evil" that I agreed with the supposedly disturbing nature of most extreme metal...then how the hell would I get disturbed at all? That's the fun of it...XD

Post-comment edit: Ohhhhh...I get it now. YOU are a strict Christian! LOL. Well...Judge not, lest ye be judged, brother. At least the boy (whom you said "Nice effort at being Christian" to) has faith. I do too. No amount of black metal, death metal, horror movies, or whatever changes that. I have a bit of advice for you. Don't hint that a fellow believer is less of a Christian than you. Not very Christlike...

my good man, i love me some metal in general (not necessarily christian) but when it comes to cursing your God and showing how God is not there, or doesn't care, or doesn't exist: isn't that going AGAINST your beliefs? and no, I'm not strict, but i decided that lyrics DO offend the God i follow. sing what you wish, but "For out of abundance of the heart his mouth speaks". don't contradict your beliefs, it confuses people (and makes you a hypocrite to unbelievers) and dude, im no master christian, im just a youth trying to point the right way.
Tristus Scriptor - 24.12.2012 at 23:55  
Written by Hyperion on 24.12.2012 at 21:47

Written by Tristus Scriptor on 24.12.2012 at 07:56

Written by Hyperion on 24.12.2012 at 03:38

Written by psykometal on 21.12.2012 at 17:48

This is a really good solid album. I am a Christian but even I can't help but chant along to that hook of a chorus "WHERE IS YOUR SAVIOR?!!! WHERE IS YOUR GOD?!!!"

nice effort of being christian (-_-')

C'mon now...so you WANT us to be easily offended pricks that don't understand how to keep faith and entertainment separate? Sounds like you think all Christians are the stereotypical, irrationally afraid, strict bible thumpers that don't let their kids be anything but Disney good-guys (no villains, mind you!) for Halloween...Far from it. A person with strong spiritual integrity can even be far more open and "liberal" than almost EVERY metal elitist. God made me artistic and left, right, and diagonal-brained enough to be so metal that my Burzum CD sits comfortably on the same rack with Saviour Machine...and I love how evil some of my metal is. Besides...if I were so "evil" that I agreed with the supposedly disturbing nature of most extreme metal...then how the hell would I get disturbed at all? That's the fun of it...XD

Post-comment edit: Ohhhhh...I get it now. YOU are a strict Christian! LOL. Well...Judge not, lest ye be judged, brother. At least the boy (whom you said "Nice effort at being Christian" to) has faith. I do too. No amount of black metal, death metal, horror movies, or whatever changes that. I have a bit of advice for you. Don't hint that a fellow believer is less of a Christian than you. Not very Christlike...

my good man, i love me some metal in general (not necessarily christian) but when it comes to cursing your God and showing how God is not there, or doesn't care, or doesn't exist: isn't that going AGAINST your beliefs? and no, I'm not strict, but i decided that lyrics DO offend the God i follow. sing what you wish, but "For out of abundance of the heart his mouth speaks". don't contradict your beliefs, it confuses people (and makes you a hypocrite to unbelievers) and dude, im no master christian, im just a youth trying to point the right way.

Nonono. You don't seem to get it. When you watch a "spooky movie" with a godless killer, while not wishing harm upon anyone, do you not enjoy the ride? I am a minister here in TX, and while I have already expressed the juvenile qualities of the "bad-guy" lyrics here, to enjoy them as villains is NOT against God in my life, and most likely that poor lad in which your tiny comment could have hurt. It's strength in FAITH that keeps us from being negatively affected by such bands. I don't mean to fight here, and I'm being a bit too wordy for the subject's good...but there was no reason to put down a certain metalhead's style of personal faith and fanaticism, which he obviously succeeds in sustaining side-by-side. Much like me.
Diamonds - 25.12.2012 at 00:27  
Up until this release, I never cared a lot for this band. But this is a fantastic album.
Diamonds - 25.12.2012 at 00:36  
Quote:
C'mon now...so you WANT us to be easily offended pricks that don't understand how to keep faith and entertainment separate? Sounds like you think all Christians are the stereotypical, irrationally afraid, strict bible thumpers that don't let their kids be anything but Disney good-guys (no villains, mind you!) for Halloween...Far from it. A person with strong spiritual integrity can even be far more open and "liberal" than almost EVERY metal elitist. God made me artistic and left, right, and diagonal-brained enough to be so metal that my Burzum CD sits comfortably on the same rack with Saviour Machine...and I love how evil some of my metal is. Besides...if I were so "evil" that I agreed with the supposedly disturbing nature of most extreme metal...then how the hell would I get disturbed at all? That's the fun of it...XD

Post-comment edit: Ohhhhh...I get it now. YOU are a strict Christian! LOL. Well...Judge not, lest ye be judged, brother. At least the boy (whom you said "Nice effort at being Christian" to) has faith. I do too. No amount of black metal, death metal, horror movies, or whatever changes that. I have a bit of advice for you. Don't hint that a fellow believer is less of a Christian than you. Not very Christlike...


See, I can enjoy Christans like you. Just because someone says something you don't believe in doesn't make it true for you. It's the people that act like... If I were to say "I don't believe in God" suddenly they're offended as though that opinion has made him non-existent. An open mind is key, good ser.

"An it harm none, do what thou wilt." -Wiccan rede.
Tristus Scriptor - 25.12.2012 at 00:45  
Quote:
Written by Diamonds on 25.12.2012 at 00:36

C'mon now...so you WANT us to be easily offended pricks that don't understand how to keep faith and entertainment separate? Sounds like you think all Christians are the stereotypical, irrationally afraid, strict bible thumpers that don't let their kids be anything but Disney good-guys (no villains, mind you!) for Halloween...Far from it. A person with strong spiritual integrity can even be far more open and "liberal" than almost EVERY metal elitist. God made me artistic and left, right, and diagonal-brained enough to be so metal that my Burzum CD sits comfortably on the same rack with Saviour Machine...and I love how evil some of my metal is. Besides...if I were so "evil" that I agreed with the supposedly disturbing nature of most extreme metal...then how the hell would I get disturbed at all? That's the fun of it...XD

Post-comment edit: Ohhhhh...I get it now. YOU are a strict Christian! LOL. Well...Judge not, lest ye be judged, brother. At least the boy (whom you said "Nice effort at being Christian" to) has faith. I do too. No amount of black metal, death metal, horror movies, or whatever changes that. I have a bit of advice for you. Don't hint that a fellow believer is less of a Christian than you. Not very Christlike...


See, I can enjoy Christans like you. Just because someone says something you don't believe in doesn't make it true for you. It's the people that act like... If I were to say "I don't believe in God" suddenly they're offended as though that opinion has made him non-existent. An open mind is key, good ser.

"An it harm none, do what thou wilt." -Wiccan rede.
Tristus Scriptor - 25.12.2012 at 00:50  
Quote:
Written by Tristus Scriptor on 25.12.2012 at 00:45

Written by Diamonds on 25.12.2012 at 00:36



See, I can enjoy Christans like you. Just because someone says something you don't believe in doesn't make it true for you. It's the people that act like... If I were to say "I don't believe in God" suddenly they're offended as though that opinion has made him non-existent. An open mind is key, good ser.

"An it harm none, do what thou wilt." -Wiccan rede.


Well, thank you. And I truly don't want to fight with anybody. My pastor just tells me to do whatever I can to reach people, as I can do things his cowboy-ways cannot. I am by no means perfect. Believe it or not; I used to be Wiccan, lol. I know many kind and wonderful people that are. But my indulgence is absolutely separate from faith, and I find my God in every scenario...even an Aeon album. Weird, but it's my way.
Jaeryd17‍ - 25.12.2012 at 03:44  
Welp... like a lot of other people here, your review totally sold me on this album. I'm halfway through it as I write this, and I gotta say it's fucking awesome.
Hyperion - 25.12.2012 at 04:04  
Written by Tristus Scriptor on 24.12.2012 at 23:55

Written by Hyperion on 24.12.2012 at 21:47

Written by Tristus Scriptor on 24.12.2012 at 07:56

Written by Hyperion on 24.12.2012 at 03:38

Written by psykometal on 21.12.2012 at 17:48

This is a really good solid album. I am a Christian but even I can't help but chant along to that hook of a chorus "WHERE IS YOUR SAVIOR?!!! WHERE IS YOUR GOD?!!!"

nice effort of being christian (-_-')

C'mon now...so you WANT us to be easily offended pricks that don't understand how to keep faith and entertainment separate? Sounds like you think all Christians are the stereotypical, irrationally afraid, strict bible thumpers that don't let their kids be anything but Disney good-guys (no villains, mind you!) for Halloween...Far from it. A person with strong spiritual integrity can even be far more open and "liberal" than almost EVERY metal elitist. God made me artistic and left, right, and diagonal-brained enough to be so metal that my Burzum CD sits comfortably on the same rack with Saviour Machine...and I love how evil some of my metal is. Besides...if I were so "evil" that I agreed with the supposedly disturbing nature of most extreme metal...then how the hell would I get disturbed at all? That's the fun of it...XD

Post-comment edit: Ohhhhh...I get it now. YOU are a strict Christian! LOL. Well...Judge not, lest ye be judged, brother. At least the boy (whom you said "Nice effort at being Christian" to) has faith. I do too. No amount of black metal, death metal, horror movies, or whatever changes that. I have a bit of advice for you. Don't hint that a fellow believer is less of a Christian than you. Not very Christlike...

my good man, i love me some metal in general (not necessarily christian) but when it comes to cursing your God and showing how God is not there, or doesn't care, or doesn't exist: isn't that going AGAINST your beliefs? and no, I'm not strict, but i decided that lyrics DO offend the God i follow. sing what you wish, but "For out of abundance of the heart his mouth speaks". don't contradict your beliefs, it confuses people (and makes you a hypocrite to unbelievers) and dude, im no master christian, im just a youth trying to point the right way.

Nonono. You don't seem to get it. When you watch a "spooky movie" with a godless killer, while not wishing harm upon anyone, do you not enjoy the ride? I am a minister here in TX, and while I have already expressed the juvenile qualities of the "bad-guy" lyrics here, to enjoy them as villains is NOT against God in my life, and most likely that poor lad in which your tiny comment could have hurt. It's strength in FAITH that keeps us from being negatively affected by such bands. I don't mean to fight here, and I'm being a bit too wordy for the subject's good...but there was no reason to put down a certain metalhead's style of personal faith and fanaticism, which he obviously succeeds in sustaining side-by-side. Much like me.

Well, i guess EVERYONE can be a christian if u look at it like that. Think how you might offend God by singing along with those lyrics. And im a missionary leaving fEnjoy your music.
Tristus Scriptor - 25.12.2012 at 05:45  
Well...see, I reached someone that coulda otherwise possibly been very standofish of a Christian (Wolfen...whom I don't want to assume anything about.) And God knows my heart. This isn't Old Testament days. And yes. EVERYONE CAN be a Christian if they so choose. He loves us all. Now I'm tired of preaching. Unlike dude, I didn't come here on something I KNOW I dislike for some weird reason. I do like it, and WILL enjoy it. \m/
matai65 - 26.12.2012 at 11:01  
The more i listen to this the more it blows me away.Ok its not the most original but what the fuck,the production and musicianship are stunning.One of the best deathmetal albums ive heard for a long long time.I wouldnt have bought this probably except for the excellent review,glad i did!
Maxx666 - 26.12.2012 at 21:55  
Good but nothing compared to bleeding the false. The production benefits this album a lot, other than that its a solid dose of brutal death.
Misfit74 - 28.12.2012 at 09:12  
Great to see the word getting out about this album. I'm still not tired of it and it's in near-constant rotation.
sladetroityer - 28.12.2012 at 18:06  
Good review kind sir. Although I only listened to Aeons Black the song, I did find the lyrics "where's your God, where's your savior" to be a little over used. The music was cool and the vocalists is quite discernible but I found myself wanting more from the song in light of your gracious review.

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