Aeon - Rise To Dominate
3 September 2007

01. Helel Ben Shachar
02. Spreading Their Disease
03. Living Sin
04. Hate Them
05. You Pray To Nothing
06. Caressed By The Holy Man
07. House Of Greed
08. Godless
09. When The War Comes
10. There Will Be No Heaven For Me
11. Luke 4:57
12. No One Escapes Us

A blasphemous dose of the most violent Death Metal on Earth!

At least for me it is, I remember reviewing "Bleeding The False" some years ago and I can't think of a better way to continue with the lethal dosage than "Rise To Dominate." Aeon already had some surprising features in their making, now they bludgeoned their songwriting and managed to create a very uplifting record with technical overtones and insanely crushing music.

It seems the best way to "evolve" in Death Metal nowadays is to bring complexity and that "Tech-Death" twist everyone seems to love, fortunately Aeon doesn't go entirely with the flow... They do add intricate solos and patterns but their main structure is still the same old fist, Death Metal with long passages and mid-paced breakdowns. Their music is now more digestible than what we heard in their debut album - a good thing because too much snare drum blasting and hellish noise oftenly becomes repetitive and tedious. They do make it up with super-catchy riffs and intese hooks that instantly add replay values for the entire CD.

The well crafted booklet and the gloomy imagery fits perfectly with the whole concept. I'm not a huge fan of Deicide-like lyrics though, I think there are better or at least more original forms of words than just talking about how Satan rocks and the other guy doesn't. It takes but one listen to songs like "House Of Greed," "Living Sin" or "There Will Be No Heaven For Me" to forget about the wearisome lyricist, the music is all that matters this time and the band actually does one hell of a good job.

I can easily recommend this album to everyone into Death Metal, it's always great to find a release as tight and as straight as "Rise To Dominate." A very entertaining album that's for sure, and one of 2007's bests.

Best Tracks: I eagerly encourage everyone to hear the entire set.

Performance: 8
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 8
Production: 8

Band profile: Aeon
Album: Rise To Dominate


written by Herzebeth | 14.10.2007


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Baz Anderson - 14.10.2007 at 19:16  
this is a good album, I have been very keen in Aeon since I heard the first album - so as you can imagine I was looking forward to this one
but although I do like the album quite a bit, it was a little bit of a letdown for me - I prefer the first album. the first album seems to be just that little faster and that little more brutal - this album seems a little watered down
but still - this album is still highly enjoyable and certainly has its share of great tracks
Metal Maiden - 15.10.2007 at 03:02  
That sure is one hell of an album, it really blasts me away!!!Good review, Herz, and i absolutely agree on what you said about the lyrics...
Passenger - 16.10.2007 at 12:58  
Average Death Metal, I've heard better this year already. Good to listen to 3 or 4 times.
Herzebeth - 16.10.2007 at 21:03  
Written by Passenger on 16.10.2007 at 12:58

Average Death Metal, I've heard better this year already.

Really? like which ones...

don't say Malevolent Creation or Nile because I'll be pissed...
Passenger - 17.10.2007 at 13:08  
No, I'd be pissed if someone said that as well because I was dissapointed with both.

But I really liked the new Behemoth, Entombed, Divine Heresy (if you conside it), The Black Dahlia Murder (if you consider it) or The Disciples Of Zoldon, for example.

I thought Rise To Dominate really has nothing that stands out. I'd rather hear to the new Paths Of Possession or Immolation.

I'm still confident that by the end of the year the new The Monolith Deathcult will be my favourite Death Metal album of 2007, though.
Baz Anderson - 17.10.2007 at 13:59  
I have high hopes for the new Benighted album - but really.. the best death metal album of the year so far (any maybe best album of any genre so far) is the new Mithras album from where I stand
amazing album
Metal Maiden - 17.10.2007 at 14:54  
If i may add, the new albums of Blood Red Throne and Severe Torture are also VERY good!!!Still, Rise To Dominate is one of the best death albums so far this year, imo...

Btw, i really like Doomsday X...not as much as Executioner's Return, but still...

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