|In the early 90's, Greece was developing a Metal scene with its own identity : when most of the other european countries' scenes were trying to copy anything that was coming out of Sweden and the USA, before going on copying whatever was unleashed from Norway, the greek scene was presenting its own take on Black Metal (Varathron, Necromantia, Rotting Christ...) and Death metal (Nightfall, Septic Flesh...). |
All those bands had in common the fact that their brutal edges were always mixed with slow and dreamy parts, sometimes even crushing ones...but there were few sheer Greek Doom bands back then: who can remember today the glory days of Stargazer, Condemned, Asphodel or Chained And Desperate?
Aeon Aphelion's music is clearly a look back to those glory days. Slow Doom/Death, with non-growling yet aggressive vocals and Celtic Frost's crunching guitars as well as a few ideas borrowed from Into The Pandemonium (a mournful violin on 'Embraced In Wings', a sorrowful female co-vocalist on 'Womb Stone' and 'Of Horned Wolves' ).
This could sounds as just another The Astral Sleep/Clouds copycat, but it is not. For Aeon Aphelion has that typically greek way of displaying atmospheric music that conjures up visions of the past. When the band gets darker, it manages to create the kind of hymns Spartans could have sung on their way to Hades after having fought the Persian army ('Womb Stone')...Then, it gets mystical when singing the ballad of the fighting between Titans and the Gods for the control of the Olympus Mons ('Urn For The Ashes Of The Gods'). All the while being as melancolic as Aegeus sight-seeing black sails unfurled on a ship coming back home.
Aeon Aphelion are good. No, better than that : they're great. Because in one single self-produced EP, they've resurrected a whole forgotten sound and maybe brought back long-lost Doom bandsí names to the light. Like they sing it themselves : 'Behold the tides of Doom!!'. With the quality of this first wave, I predict that the full tide will indeed drag the whole world down below to that fate. Indeed, this is all I'm wishing for them.
Note by the Admin.: the demo is offered as free download on the band MySpace page: http://rapidshare.com/files/373854366/Press_kit.rar
1. Urn For The Ashes Of The Gods
2. Scythe & Straw
3. Embraced In Wings
4. Womb Stone
5. Of Horned Wolves
Duration : Approx. 30 minutes
Visit the Aeon Aphelion bandpage.