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Aenaon - Phenomenon (CD)

by Grigoris Chronis at 03 February 2008, 8:36 PM

Quite a small country Greece it is; but, in terms of providing the merciful world with venomous quantities of relentless Black Metal, this country has offered some really bonecrushing slaughterers. The quintet of AENAON delivers its first steps through the self-financed Phenomenon EP, but I'm pretty sure these fiends of massacre won't have much of trouble in inking a deal in the near future.
A mini album Phenomenon may be, but the work done by these unholy soldiers is rather remarkable. First of all, and despite the fact that AENAON undergone through endless lineup changes in its 2-3 years of existence, the sound is solid, not so-and-so at all and - most of all - completely 'Black'. I was afraid I'd face some flat production (which ends up to be rather irritating for this kind of Norsk Black Metal) and it's essential to say AENAON worked hard to build up the sound they actually wanted (bear in mind we talk 'bout a self-financed release).
AENAON's style - as expected from the pre-mentioned comments - takes influences from both the Scandinavian and Greek Black Metal style. The majestic obscurity of EMPEROR and VARATHRON may come to mind…But it's not only this (the comparison would be more of a dead-end). AENAON music is quite smart (not 'mainstream', in the e.g. DIMMU BORGIR way) but lets 'thinking' melodies to lurk in. The EP's cover proposed such a though, to tell you the truth. Blastbeats co-exchange roles with up-tempo cosmic grooves, while the vocals/keys do will win you over on first audition. As already mentioned, the sound is really good and the velvet blackness of screams and paranoid keyboards is unveiled non stop.
I'd like to have the lyrics, to focus on more as a companion through this interstellar Black Metal trip. Nonetheless, AENAON and Phenomenon is a very good proposal for your non-primitive but also non-mainstream Black Metal lust. Visit the band's official MySpace page and taste the dimensional/sophisticated yet to-the-wall Black Metal hate.

3 Star Rating

Et In Arcadia Ego
Perdition: A New Era
The Virus Code
And Chaos…Enthroned
Extradimensional Wall
Astrous - Vocals
Draugen - Guitars
Dagwn - Guitars
Thyragon - Bass
Vanghmar - Drums
Record Label: Self Released


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