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Neptunian Maximalism – Éons Award winner

Neptunian Maximalism
by Caio Botrel at 13 July 2020, 4:02 PM

I must be completely honest with all of you and say that it was by far the ultimate-most-difficult album for me write about. It isn't a Rock or Metal album, but instead, it is an atmospheric tribal ritualistic release and even if it was fun to do, I couldn't find a proper way to right this review song by song. So, I wrote a different review for "Éons" which is the newest album of NEPTUNIAN MAXIMALISM.

The opening song from the album is "Daiitoku-Myōō no Ōdaiko" which seems to be translated as Theia's Impact during the Hadean Eon Theia's Impact during the Hadean Eon, which Hadean Eon is the oldest era in the geologic timeline. It seems to have started about 4,57 billion or thousand million years ago. This song is different, and its drums will kind of hypnotize you and the wind instruments will help that happen. The continuation of the album kind of grows in you and creates a different feeling, but it makes you curious to know what will come next.

Some of the songs reminded me about the Indian music styles, but with the wind instruments, drums, and percussion that the Belgians musicians wrote to that. The psychedelic, experimental and sometimes even jazz influences created something unique and that not many musicians can do.

There are a few times where we can hear the vocals which is in the song "Lamasthu" where deep vocals can be heard as the instrumental turns into something darker and then some high black metal vocals can be heard as well and it is kind of a ritualistic moment. We can also the hear the vocals on "Vajrabharaiva: The Summoning" which is the first track of the trilogy that follows "Vajrabharaiva: The Rising" and "Vajrabharaiva: The Great Wars of Quaternary Era Against Ego". The vocals on the mentioned track are dark and deep growling’s, which helped shaping the ambiance and atmosphere of the song.

Vajrabharaiva is a meditational deity of Buddhism, but it is not considered as a protector deity from the religion. I will not get any further due to lack of knowledge on that matter, but you will probably be a little aware of what the trilogy is all about. In a general way this album has impressed me for its production quality and innovating music style and genre. I recommend you listen to this album at least twice, before firming an opinion about it.

Songwriting: 10
Musicianship: 10
Originality: 10
Production: 10

5 Star Rating

1. Daiitoku-Myōō no Ōdaiko
2. Nganga
3. Lamasthu
4. Ptah Sokar Osiris
7. Zâr
8. Vajrabhairava: The Summoning
9. Vajrabhairava: The Rising
10. Vajrabhairava: The Great Wars of Quaternary Era Against Ego
11. Iadanamada!
12. Oi Sonuf Vaoresaji!
13. Eôs
14. Heka Hou Sia
15. Heliozoapolis
16. Khonsou Sokaris
Guillaume Cazalet (Czlt) – Bass and Guitar, Bow, Sitar, Flute, Trumpet and Vocals
Jean Jacques Duenrickx – Saxophone and Sopranino
Sebastien Schmitt – Drums, Percussion, Gongs and Vocals
Pierre Arese – Drums and Percussion
Record Label: I, Voidhanger Records


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