MetalBite Review by Chris on 8/19/2003
After the break-up of Emperor
, thousands of fans eagerly awaited any news from the Samoth and Trym camp hoping for any sort of continuation of this now legendary act. In 2001, Zyklon
was the answer and became one of the most talked about underground bands on the planet. Parading an impressive mix of black and death metal, our two ex-members of Emperor
teamed up with Destructhor (Myrkskog
) and Daemon (Limbonic Art
) unleashing their Zyklonic musical vision named "World ov Worms"
Two years after this highly acclaimed release the team returns with not just their most convincing work to date but with an album so complete and powerful that you will wet your bed for the next month straight while being let gasping for air in disbelief and excitement after each listen. With "Aeon" Zyklon
not only proved its place in the top league of today's heavy hitters but made a strong mark that it's here to stay and ready to challenge anyone for the crown.
For those unfamiliar with their sound, the simplest way to describe it is as a hybrid between Morbid Angel
. But this description is as incomplete as your teeth would be when your jaw hits the floor shattering them. Need a proof? Listen to 'The Prophetic Method'
and embrace fantastic licks harking Bay Area thrash at its best.
The guitar team of Samoth and Destructhor quickly is becoming one of the best axe duos of today's scene, perfectly complementing each other's skills. At times they are highly technical, but the obvious focus is on quality and creativity in the compositions. The result will blow you away not because of the speed but because of intelligent use of their craft in creating a cold and brutal atmosphere. That's right, atmosphere is the most noticeable change since their debut. An array of mid-tempo sections thunders around a variety of Trym rhythms and the sinister vocals of new member Secthdamon. Don't be alarmed though, Trym still dishes out plenty of whoop-ass by varying his drumming style the overall feel of the album comes as even more brutal and aggressive than "World ov Worms"
There's really nothing on "Aeon"
that I can complain about. Every aspect is taken to the highest level and it just makes me wonder how the hell they can top this. Even the mic/bass debut of Secthdamon strikes as the best fit for this band. He uses every vocal style he has in his arsenal and does damn good job with it. Mothers hold your children, the storm is on the horizon and it's unstoppable.
With the bar set so high "Aeon"
not only will it be a challenge for any band to surpass but next time Zyklon
themselves might be forced to call for reinforcements. For now though, let's enjoy this essential destruction tool of 2003 and leave this daunting task to unlimited creativity of Zyklon
Categorical Rating Breakdown
out of 10