|Review: In Aevum Agere - The Shadow Tower|
|The Shadow Tower|
Label: Pure Steel Records
Year released: 2012
Genre: Doom Metal
Review online: March 25, 2013
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:The Shadow Tower
Rated 3.13/5 (62.5%) (8 Votes)
In Aevum Agere have a dreadful name, which translates to something like "The Duration of Time," but in Latin it's just unwieldy and awkward. This is their debut album of rather smooth Doom Metal after about 7 years of demos and EPs. Unsurprisingly this band owes a lot of their sound to Solitude Aeturnus, with the heavy Doom riffs and the smooth vocal style of Bruna Masulli. Even the riffs sound like SA riffs, with a guitar tone very similar to the one from Beyond the Crimson Horizon. The riffing here is solid, and sometimes better than that, with a good heavy sound and quite a bit of dynamic, so the band is not stuck in slow mode. Masulli has a strong but undistinguished voice, so while he doesn't hurt the music, he's not very compelling. Robert Lowe at least had his wailing upper ranges in the old days, but Masulli stays in the middle of the road, never sounding too excited by his music. Overall this disc is a bit too intellectual and stodgy for its own good, with fussy vocal lines and compositions that bag a bit and go on too long. Mostly it gives me the urge to go and listen to better Doom bands of the same type, like Sorcerer or Scald. Passable, but not there yet.
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