MetalBite Review by Chris on 11/19/2001
Over a year after Aeternus
’ recording session in Grieghallen Studio, the long awaited new full-length is here and what a sweet reward it is for those who waited. “Ascension of Terror”
is pure devastating brutal death metal and their new material consists of 9 tracks that are much shorter and much more intense compared to what we’re used to hearing from them in the past, but still blended with typical Aeternus
riffs and dark atmosphere.
After the first listen I had no doubts that this music comes straight from their hearts and even lower parts of Ares’ gut because his vocals are deeper than ever and the music just molests your brain without leaving even a single cell un-blistered or at least painfully irritated.
Most of the songs are 10000 pound hammers that will crush your skull and leave you breathless, but what makes Aeternus
so special are their famous mid-paced and slow melodic riffs. Dark tracks like ‘Ascension of Terror’
are build around ‘beautiful’ lyrics that start with “I am here to bring you fear into your life...” and end with “...beyond panic – you will – die.”
Then there’s ‘Denial Of Salvation’
with such a dark intro that you will think twice about turning off the lights before going to bed. I could go on, but there are countless moments throughout the whole album that will put this epic above most of the releases you’ve heard this year. Ares, Erik and Radek show once again that Aeternus
is the class of its own and if during these masterpieces you don’t start swinging your body like orphan in its moments of silence and banging your head thinking of fear, pain and death there must be something terribly wrong with you.
If their next album will bring back classic guitars and more unholy dark passages I will burn in hell (not that I won’t anyway) if I don’t give them a straight 10.
I live for albums like this.
out of 10