|Review: Aeternam - Disciples of the Unseen|
|Disciples of the Unseen|
Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2010
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: February 17, 2010
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:Disciples of the Unseen
Rated 3/5 (60%) (9 Votes)
Aeternam are a bit hard to categorize, blending death, black, folk and symphonic metal with Middle Eastern overtones. Upon first listen – and the ones after that – I thought that their stuff was influenced by the likes of Melechesh, just not nearly as good. They nail the whole Middle Eastern thing pretty well most of the time, but it's not particularly remarkable. Coming out of this, and even during, if found the overall album kind of bland, without much to catch the attention and hold it. In fact, things are pretty much flat from beginning to end. Add to that the inconsistency resulting from borrowing from too many genres, definitely not helping... The occasional use of clean vocal sticks out like a sore thumb – bands should just give up on the mix of vocals, oftentimes it just doesn't work all that great.
Things aren't all that bad – the growls are pretty good, though sometimes a little too held back, and there are some good guitar passages here and there, whether they're raw-as-fuck metallic attacks or very melodious interludes in the middle of a song (both being some of the main highlights of the album.) Most of the remarkable drum parts, however, were remarkable in their annoyance factor.
Disciples of the Unseen does show that this band has potential, but there's still work to be done – ease up on the genre variations and mature a little bit. Interesting, but ultimately too messy and flat.
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