|Review: Aeternam - Ruins of Empires|
|Ruins of Empires|
Year released: 2017
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Review online: March 11, 2017
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
for:Ruins of Empires
Rated 4/5 (80%) (3 Votes)
Aeternam is a band I came across strictly by accident. I pay for a streaming music service and it was listed as a recommendation. I'm very glad I checked it out as I am more than a little impressed by this album. They play a very well-done mixture of melodic/symphonic death metal mixed with a heavy dose of Middle Eastern folk music.
Since I knew nothing about this band, I went to their website to get some background information for my review. I was a little surprised to find that they are currently unsigned. I also thought it a little odd with the amount of Middle Eastern folk music, as well as the subject matter for the lyrics, that this band is from Quebec, Canada. Another odd thing occurred to me;
this band seems to be going backwards in their career progression. This is their third album which is an independent release. Their first album was released by Metal Blade Records and their follow up by a small indie label, Galy Records. Not that there is anything wrong with this, I just found it a little strange.
Enough of the background, let's get to the music. The album starts off with "Damascus Gate" which is hands down one of their best songs. It lets you know right away what you are in for. The give and take between the folk and death metal stylings showcase some very strong songwriting. The song continues to build on the unique style and gives it an epic, larger than life feel. Their style interplay is what is VERY good about this album. Unfortunately, there are some tracks where they either go almost straight melodic death metal such as "Paropamisadae" or straight folk such as in "The Keeper of Shang-La" and "Nightfall on Numidia".
The album suffers when they do this as the halt in momentum is almost palpable. This is a concept album so I can forgive this as it might just be how they felt the story should go and that is just the overall experience that they were going for. Songs like "Fallen is the Simulacrum" and "Praetor of Mercury" are both really good examples of the best that this band has to offer. The song "Colossus" probably has the best straight riffing on the album and it even gives you a progressive metal feel in its overall structure and sound. The drumming really shines on this track and is actually worthy of note throughout the album as it is one of the highlights. The album ends with "Zadyin Arga" which is another great song. This song gives the impression that it took the most time and care to create. Starting and ending the album with two of your best tracks is what every band should strive for. It gets your listener instantly engaged and leaves them on a very memorable high note.
If the quality displayed on this album is any indication of where this band can go, I don't see them being unsigned for long.
P.S. The band has put the entire album up on YouTube so there is no reason you can't give this a listen if you are interested.
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