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Review: Sulphur Aeon - Gateway to the Antisphere
Sulphur Aeon
Gateway to the Antisphere

Label: Imperium Productions
Year released: 2015
Duration: 51:47
Tracks: 11
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 5/5

Review online: May 27, 2015
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Gateway to the Antisphere

Rated 4.59/5 (91.82%) (22 Votes)

Well now this is the shit. Sulphur Aeon kicked my ass with 2013's Swallowed by the Ocean's Tide, laying down a thick, pounding assault of murderous Death Metal with a degree of atmosphere and musicality a lot of death bands either can't reach or lose in the rush of excessive technicality. Now we have their follow-up, the much-anticipated Gateway to the Antisphere, and with another spectacular cover painting, and another slate of Lovecraftian-themed lyrics, this band is back with the album to beat for 2015.

On first listen you might think Sulphur Aeon have throttled back a little on the sheer heaviness of their debut, and you would be right. This has less of the crushing force of Swallowed..., yet that was necessary, as the riff-work and songwriting are far more layered and deep than before, and so a slightly cleaner sound is needed so you can hear everything the band is doing. The amount of advance in shade and detail of the songwriting and playing is startling, and there is so much more texture this time out. The band has sacrificed a little of their feral strength for an increased degree of melody and depth, and it makes for an album that has a lot more enjoyable.

This is still a ferally aggressive album with shredding riffs and blasting drums, but it has a lot more shape and sweep to the compositions, and as a result Gateway holds together as an album full of unified mood and atmosphere beyond what a lot of death bands ever dream of. Essential.

Other related information on the site
Review: Gateway to the Antisphere (reviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
Review: Swallowed by the Ocean's Tide (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
Review: The Scythe of Cosmic Chaos (reviewed by Bruno Medeiros)
Interview with guitarist and bassist Torsten Horstmann on March 27, 2013 (Interviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
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