Hour of Anguish – Solace of Sorrow15th August 2016
3rd Machine – Quantified Self18th August 2016
Label: Elegy / Release Date: 23rd June 2016
Aegeon is, as far as I have been able to gather, a fairly new Finnish Atmospheric Black Metal duet, one that has taken the more melodious Black Metal sound from the nineties and mixed it with the modern notion of making it very Atmospheric. While Devouring the Sun (the bands second release, as far as I can tell) is not nearly as powerful in the presence as for instance British Winterfylleth, they are nonetheless a force to be reckoned with. Indeed, this, their first six-piece full-length, places itself firmly somewhere between their before-mentioned British colleagues and older, more aggressive Black Metal of the nineties (even though I, for the life of me, cannot think of a simple great example of a band that they remind me of). Running through the record reveals a short, instrumental introductionary track lasting about one and a half minutes, followed by five additional tracks, in the five to seven minutes range. As one would expect from an Atmospheric Black Metal act, Aegeon delivers strong, powerful and melancholic tunes ones better suited for a night at home, completely focused than for instance as an album in the background while driving a car. While they have a lot to live up to compared to other bands of the genre, I have no doubt that they will get there. After all, Devouring the Sun is only the bands second release, and it lays a quite impressive foundation for other tracks that I hope are yet to come. I will admit, that I would most likely never even have heard of this album (or band for that matter) if I did not have the great honour of working for Metal Revolution. And as such I will do my civic duty and advise any fans of Winterfylleth, Wodensthrone and, to some extent, Wolves in the Throne Room and VRTRA to give this record a spin.
And, in order to help speed things along I have added a lyrics video to the track ”Sincraft” below. Please enjoy.