|Review: Aeon - Aeons Black|
Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2012
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: December 17, 2012
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Rated 4/5 (80%) (8 Votes)
Man oh man, hold on a second while I pick my face up from the floor. Album numero four from Sweden's Aeon shows the band nailing a leap in quality, knocking spots off their previous output and showing the band turning into a seriously tight and focused beast for what is no doubt their finest release to date.
Their Sweden in Florida sound has been honed in exceptionally well, taking the finest parts from the likes of Morbid Angel or Hate Eternal and fusing it with a modern brand of their homegrown death metal style. The production is particularly well done on Aeons Black and could be seen as a something of a shining example of the modern death metal sound. Leaning both towards a mechanical and a natural feel, the tones are well rounded and thanks to a quality mix the clarity is excellent. The drums lean more on the mechanical side of the spectrum, although thankfully they don't abuse the clicking sound too much. As I said the tones sound quality here, and it should come as no surprise that this particularly rings true in the guitar tones, from the savage tone anchoring the riffs all the way to the crystal lead tone; the guitars sound superb and definitely own the show.
As for the actual music and songs contained on Aeons Black I have to say that this ranks amongst some of the heaviest music I've heard in a while. The opening salvo of "Still They Pray" smashes right out of your speakers assaulting your senses like a horde of flesh eating demons, housing some of the downright dirtiest riffs contained in the album; Aeon declare open season on your skull. The following fourteen tracks continue the trend, and whilst a couple of short interludes split some of the songs, they're a necessary evil to prepare for the next onslaught, be it the mid-paced Morbid Angel-style assault of the excellent title track or the blazing "Maze of the Damned", you can rest assured that every proper song hits its mark.
If you like death metal, then what are you waiting for? Aeons Black without doubt ranks among the finer releases of the year, and I definitely think this will appeal to fans of acts such as Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse, Bloodbath or even Hour Of Penance. Recommended
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