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Reign of Vengeance - The Final Aeon for all Humans Award winner

Reign of Vengeance
The Final Aeon for all Humans
by Erik Akos at 21 December 2017, 11:14 AM

REIGN OF VENGEANCE. Badass name, doesn’t it? Well, as a reviewer, (and listener in general) it gets you hoping for music just as badass. The band has been around since 2005, formed in Scottsdale, Arizona and released an LP and 3 EPs in their career, today, we look at the latest EP, "The Final Aeon For All Humans” which is at least as epic as the bands name. Got me pumped, I admit it. But now that we’re done with the background information, let’s start the actual review.

The opening song, "Fuck The Recession; Kill Those Who Caused It” isn’t as edgy as you’d think. In fact, it’s a pretty unique piece of art. The vocals, mixing brutally harsh and panickingly clean vocals, the instrumentals that mix base Death Metal compositions with symphonic instruments, it’s a phenomenal 10/10 track which gets your hopes (and expectations for the following track) high as hell. Fortunately, the second song "Amassing Towards the Truth” does not disappoint in the slightest. With a menacingly beautiful piano intro and an epic orchestral chorus and to top it off, cool as fuck verses, it’s just as 10/10 as the preceding masterpiece. "The Master's Summons” is slightly weaker vocally, but displays great chemistry between the band members, really continues to amaze me in the context of the album, being more conventionally Death Metal, and bringing the symphonic instruments into more of a background position, but coming back all alone in the outro seconds.

"The Grande Hecatomb” doesn’t have the same grandiose classical intro, but more of a sad and then apocalyptic mood-setting. The whole track overall mostly building on atmosphere and emotion, specifically rage. The less elegantly morbid, but more of a simply brutal take makes this a stand-out track in the short record. "The Final Stand ; The Final Rebellion” returns with the beauty of classical pianos with a breath of jazz and then changes into a typical Death Metal song. I gotta say, this is overall my least favourite song, besides the intro and the chorus it follows the same formula as the previous song. It isn’t completely unnecessary, but it’s borderline filler. It also lacks clean/yelling vocals, which takes away from the dynamic of the song. The only thing that’s extraordinary here is the guitar solo, it doesn’t save the song as a whole from being my least favourite, but it’s amazing.

"The Final Aeon; The Manifestation of The Black Sun” the concluding composition, is pure genius. It’s basically all the tracks distinctive traits and stylistic aspects combined into one monster of a song. Yelling, orchestral chorus, brutal verse parts, an acapela outro, the only thing it missed was the piano. But overall, immersive, fun, epic and heavy as balls. As a verdict, I’d say this is a masterpiece. Unique and interesting, it’s a great piece of music, and art in general. It goes on just as much that you don’t think it’s not enough, but you also don’t get bored of the formula this record has. Truly amazing.

Songwriting: 10
Originality: 10
Memorability: 10
Production: 9

5 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Fuck The Recession; Kill Those Who Caused It
2. Amassing Towards the Truth
3. The Master's Summons
4. The Grande Hecatomb
5. The Final Stand ; The Final Rebellion
6. The Final Aeon; The Manifestation of The Black Sun
Lineup:
Marshall ’Fucking’ Beck – Vocals
Tommy Gibbons – Guitars
Nick Schendzielos – Bass
Sam Paulicelli – Drums
Record Label: Independent
     


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