|Review: Altered Aeon - Dispiritism|
Label: Black Lotus Records
Year released: 2004
Review online: March 18, 2006
Reviewed by: 4th Horseman
This disc came in the mail a long time ago with a whole pile of nu-goth-metalcore CDs from whatever-the-fuck-bands that want a review on this site but will not be getting one. Unfortunately for me however, this one is metal and I suppose I have to get this taken care of.
The leaflet that "Dispiritism" came with states that the band plays "Technical/Power Death Metal". Now I'm open for experimental forms of metal and have even been known to enjoy many different and unconventional bands in the past. But this is just too much. Try to imagine bands like Into Eternity, Mercenary or Scar Symmetry (who mix death metal with prog-power) but only that the technically proficient instrumental bragging takes the front seat and there are almost no other passengers at all behind it.
"Altered Aeon" focus all their energies on trying to be too unique and technically flawless and in doing that they also demonstrate that they are not the best of song writers. But despite their annoying self-admiration throughout the disc, they do throw in quite a few good tech-thrash riffs and do maintain a certain aggression in their sound. This is not some third rate Into Eternity rip-off because the kind of music these guys play is more extreme and the emphasis in the riffing and drumming is more thrash based than it is death metal, but they do too much of it. In the end this album just begs you to ask the simple question – "Why?"! Why waste all your time on just proving you are good musicians. We already fucking know that from the moment the album started.
I've used this analogy before and I will once again: This album is like a half boner. It leaves you hanging in the middle and you want the full thing but can't seem to get it. And when you are kept in that state for 50 minutes, it becomes an unpleasant experience. And that is what this disc does. It is decent experimental stuff, but I think the band does too much of whatever it is doing and they need to tone down the intricate patterns and song-structures a bit and deliver some more enjoyable and memorable parts.
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