|Review: Skyless Aeons - Drain the Sun|
|Drain the Sun|
Year released: 2020
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: September 13, 2020
Reviewed by: Mjölnir
for:Drain the Sun
Rated 3.2/5 (64%) (5 Votes)
Skyless Aeons have made a bit of a stir in the Canadian scene, garnering some solid praise for their 2016 debut EP, The Era of Famine, and establishing a reputation as a solid live act with great chemistry and witty banter. I guess they've gone downhill since then, as Drain the Sun is kind of a chore to sit through.
Citing the likes of Opeth and Garden of Shadows as influences, it's pretty clear the band believes they've pushed their sound into new and interesting territory, but all they've accomplished is being as boring as both those bands without becoming quite as obnoxious as either. Sure, they have a nice, thick guitar sound and some damn impressive musicianship, but they're all in service to aimless songwriting that never seems to get off its ass and go anywhere. You get some signs of life when they stick more to aggressive Death Metal like on "Go Forth and Multiply", and the ending licks to the closing title track are pretty sweet, but most of this tends to shuffle in place with a dragging pace and buzzing riffs. At worst, they actively waste your time with noodling prog sections like on opener "Ascension Towards Nothing" and "Path of Desolation" that take up two thirds of the freaking song before deciding to bash some inoffensive Death Metal for a couple of minutes. There's undeniable chops here, and if the band ever gets its shit together and writes songs that do more than brood and posture for minutes on end, they could make some killer shit. As it stands, they just come across like yet another Opeth wannabe when one was far too many to begin with.
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