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Aeonless : Aeonless

A fun band, but frankly neither advancing the Bathory vibe nor bringing the Doom, Aeonless are somewhat marooned in '80s Black Metal mediocrity.

Now here's a fun band! If I have understood the inlay correctly, this two-man act are based quite some distance from one another with vocalist/lyricist Jori based in Finland and guitarist/songwriter Georgi based in Bulgaria. One of their tracks on their self-titled release was even recorded in America! These fellas sure do get about, don't they?

Quite how Aeonless have ended up stumbling across the Doom Metal website I don't know because this release is simply not Doom in any capacity. I daresay some people will gripe about me classifying Nemorensis as a form of Black/Doom but there's literally nothing Doom about this album; it's 100% 80's Thrash-cum-Black Metal. Therefore, you're all in for a Black Metal review instead!

Fortunately, I am a bit of a Black Metal hound. In my younger days, I used to actively seek out Eastern European/Scandinavian Black Metal bands in particular as I was a huge fan of the raw Black Metal sound, which always seemed to sound better from those areas. However, despite Aeonless somehow fusing my two favourite areas for Black Metal, I can't really say that they do a good job on the Black Metal front on this release because it's pretty bang average.

If I had to guess, I'd say that this band has spent a lot of time listening to early Bathory because the production and style are somewhat reminiscent of Quorthon's earlier work. Unfortunately for Aeonless, they're simply nowhere near as good as Bathory and it really, really shows. Their songs have little to no direction, no variation, relatively poor vocals, and only the odd solo to keep them interesting. I'd like to think that, even if I had a tardis and transported both them and myself back to the '80s, I'd still not find this music good, because it's not. It's like Aeonless are trying to take every shortcut known in the industry here, which just doesn't work. Watching Aeonless live would be more bearable, I feel, but based on their geographical situation, that's not going to happen anytime soon.

To get away from the musical disappointment, I decided to peruse the lyrics instead. However, I can only guess what this album is about (other than attempting to speculate on the translated song titles or using an unreliable Internet translation site) because all of the lyrics are in Finnish. I have to confess that I do love the Finnish language because it's absolutely insane but please don't misconstrue that as I most definitely don't speak it! That's not through a lack of trying, either - I spent a fortnight in southern Finland some years ago and still only picked up three words! I can speak four languages but all of them are Latin-based, which Finnish isn't, so I can't even speculate on the lyrical side of things, I'm afraid.

By far the best element of this album is the inlay, though, and I use the term "best" in the loosest possible fashion. Basically, it's very '80s Black Metal minus the KISS makeup. It's got the obligatory tough guy shots of the band members at the site of ruins or with war decorations surrounding them. It's all very cool if you're still in your teens but other than that, it looks a little bit cringey in 2018 unless they're part of some secret rebellion.

I can't think of many positives to say about this release. Whether individually or collectively evaluated, I think that Aeonless have done a pretty poor job on this album. I suppose it'd be fair to say that the guitar work is good but the vocals (both clean and harsh) are a bit weak, the songwriting is poor, and the music in general is pretty unbearable. Unless you're a die hard fan of the '80s Thrash-cum-Black Metal movement, I see nothing of any merit for anyone on this album.

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Reviewer's rating: 3/10


Tracklist :
1. Eurooppa (Europe)
2. Aktion (Action)
3. Piiritys (Encirclement)
4. Makaaberi (Macabre)
5. Saapuminen (Arrival)
6. Käsky (Dictation)
7. Pako (Breakout)
8. Syyttäjä (Accuser)
9. Arki (Daily)
10. Marmori (Marble)

Duration : Approx. 44 minutes

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Reviewed on 2018-10-09 by Ian Morrissey
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