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Review: Aeons of Eclipse - The Hour of Desolation
Aeons of Eclipse
The Hour of Desolation

Label: Independent
Year released: 2008
Duration: 50:08
Tracks: 11
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: November 10, 2008
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
The Hour of Desolation

Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)

Unsigned US Death Metal band getting their indie debut released. They got a cool cover, and the guitar work here is in places pretty impressive and tight, but their songs are far too blasty, and the hyperspeed clickety-clickety sort of spoils my enjoyment. Not that I object to fast drum work or choppy blasts — far from it, but they do lay it on pretty thick. The vocals are an extremely guttural gurgle, which I also find less than exciting. Aeons Of Eclipse do slow down and flash some real melodic style here and there, and they really should explore that, as it is timing more than anything else that makes something sound heavy. This band has definite potential, and the right approach, but the similarity of the songs to one another is painfully apparent halfway through, and the lack of variety in speed and dynamic renders too much of this faceless. I can see that this band has the stuff to be a killer act, but they need to throttle the fuck back a little and focus on writing songs that sound distinct, as well as toning down the blasts so the guitars have room to create actual riffs. This is an enjoyable exercise on heads-down smashing with flickers of potential for more.

Track Listing:
  1. Inhuman Abhorrence
  2. Right Hand of the Beast
  3. Archaic Oblivion
  4. Prometheus
  5. Condemnation
  6. Damned to the Pit
  7. Grotesque Macabre Consummation
  8. Vermin
  9. Forever Enslaved
  10. Infested
  11. The Hour of Desolation
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