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Review: Aeon - Rise to Dominate
Rise to Dominate

Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2007
Duration: 45:08
Tracks: 12
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: August 16, 2007
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Rise to Dominate

Rated 3.83/5 (76.67%) (12 Votes)

Aeon sound like several bands, or maybe I should say like several "regional styles" of Death Metal, most prominently Polish and New York style, and incidentally some Swedish as well. This is essentially mid-paced Death Metal, never breaking into a quest for some musical speed records. Heavy but not overly so (the production has a little to do with this), with vocals a cross between Vader, Deicide and Immolation that are overall decipherable and quite "pleasing" to the ears (as pleasing as Death growls can be), with the exception of some screamy passages at one point - not to the point of wanting to skip the song, but close. Even the drums are rather tame for a Death Metal album, slow to mid-paced and very conservative as far as the clickety/typewriter stuff goes. They've got a little atmospheric thing going on as well, which I wish they'd have banked more on, as it really brings this up to a higher level whenever it pays the listener a visit.

Overall the album is good, but it does feel a little but repetitive. Listening to it several times, I could never stop thinking "where have I heard this before?". In other words, it's not particularly original. But it's not bad at all, and if you're looking for a Death Metal album that isn't played pedal-to-the-metal, this is not a bad pick.

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