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Review: In Aevum Agere - The Shadow Tower
In Aevum Agere
The Shadow Tower

Label: Pure Steel Records
Year released: 2012
Duration: 54:00
Tracks: 11
Genre: Doom Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: February 14, 2013
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
The Shadow Tower

Rated 3/5 (60%) (11 Votes)

In Aevum Agere are a Doom Metal band on the decidedly non-Doom Pure Steel label. Therefore, it should come as no surprise their album, The Shadow Tower, has a lot of up-tempo parts to go along with the more traditional Doom pacing. The vocals are clean and similar in style to Candlemass' Rob Lowe. They are relatively unadorned with studio effects, a pleasant surprise. There are plenty of heavy Doom riffs spiced with faster playing and the album flows well even though it isn't overly memorable. That is, except for the ballad "Silent," with only vocals and minimalistic guitars. The melancholy and disconsolate atmosphere is the highlight of the album and it is a song I can listen to over and over. The rest of the tracks are split between ones that work well and others that don't the latter especially apparent when the vocals are chanted in Latin (or some Romance-based language). The vocal lines on these songs simply don't flow very well.

The Shadow Tower isn't the best Doom Metal album in existence but fans of the classics from Candlemass and Solitude Aeturnus should give it a listen.

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