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Review: Sirius - Aeons of Magick
Aeons of Magick

Label: Nocturnal Art Productions
Year released: 2000
Duration: 46:56
Tracks: 7
Genre: Symphonic Black Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: March 27, 2007
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Readers Rating
Aeons of Magick

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

This isn't your typical black metal album by any means. It's not evil, it's not grim and there's not a drop of corpse paint to be found anywhere near it. However, after being spotted and snapped up by Samoth on his Nocturnal Art Productions label, Sirius certainly manage to knock out some fantastic universe sized mind bending riffage and well constructed otherworldly soundscapes. Hailing from Portugal, this was their first full length album, after which they managed to catch the attention of another former Emperor member, (Faust) for his drumming and lyrical abilities on their 2nd release a year later, before splitting.

Now, let's get this straight, there is a huge amount of synthesizer work on this album, so for those who can't stand that in their black metal - stop reading now. However, what I can say is that it's used really well in order to get an expansive sound that sounds that it was created in the farthest reaches of the cosmos. Lyrically, it's very much based around the aura the music creates, with astronomy and the outer reaches of space amongst its main topics, not to mention a large dose of what may be beyond what is already known in the world of interplanetary travel. A few of the riffs here and there will definitely remind you of Emperor more than once, majestic and triumphant keyboards layering them nicely without drowning them out (although, the keyboards are pretty high in the mix, the guitar still has a large part to play). Limbonic Art are also a close comparison, although Sirius do generally have a more guitar based sound rather than being purely synth driven (apart from two tracks - 'The Stargate' and 'Beyond the Scarlet Horizon'; both of which entirely synthesizer based instrumentals soaked in epic pomposity).

So in summary, if you can stomach keyboards playing a major role in your black metal, or even if you own a telescope(!), this futuristic exhibition of stargazing alien worshiping metal may well be right up your ethereal street.

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