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Aenaon: Phenomenon

Phenomenon is the latest EP from Greek quintet named Aenaon. This project was originally the idea of Draugen (guitars & vocals) and Thyragor (bass&vocals). They have recruited members from acts like Black Winter, Majeste Symphonia, Enshrine, Obscecration and the likes to complete their line-up.

There are actually six compositions on this album, even if my player showed 27. Opening track, "Et in Arcadia Ego", is some sort of industrial electronic intro. This is followed by a mid-range/un-powerful sounding fast tune called "Perdition:A New Era". You start thinking "this is gonna be a long EP to go through". For some reasons, Track #3, "The Virus Code", has stronger bass lines and punchy double basses, re-assuring me about the production. The following number, "And Chaos…Enthroned", is pretty much of the same un-inspired/un-original style, although containing a bit of guitar harmonies this time . Then, finally, came a good composition, "Navel", where the tempo varies, arpeggios and power riffs appear, as well as a slight progressive touch. What a relief! "Extradimensional Wall" is similar to the opener, with the difference of having female operatic vocals and some raspy whispers. Then what about the 21 others would you say? From track #7 to 26, all you have is a useless series of 3 second silences, and the last one is a 14 seconds of electronics and vocals.

This covers what Phenomenon is all about.


Track listing:
1 - Et In Arcadia Ego
2 – Perdition: A New Era
3 – The Virus Code
4 – And Chaos…Enthroned
5 – Navel
6 – Extradimensional Wall

Added: October 1st 2010
Reviewer: Denis Brunelle
Score:
Related Link: Bleak Art Records
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Language: english

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Aenaon: Phenomenon
Posted by Scott Ward, SoT Staff Writer on 2010-10-01 16:49:59
My Score:

It says something about a band when it is hard to even make it through a six song EP, even more so when the group gives you such an uninteresting package along with the uninspiring music. The booklet, cover, even the band logo are all done in a way that makes you think that this is a band that is stuck on itself. When you add lyrics that sound like they were created on a nasty LSD trip to this death metal drivel that sounds like a hundred others and you have a CD that pretty much is going to end up being another Frisbee trainer for my dog.

The only bright spot for me was the song "Navel" which at least shows that Aenaon has the ability to make something worthy of your time. Varying the theme, the band explores some prog metal areas and uses clean though harsh vocals this time in a way that makes me think I could actually like to hear more of this kind of stuff. Let's hope that this is not just a flash in the pan song where they got lucky.

To make matters worse, there are 19 cuts that are 3 seconds of silence followed by a final track that sounds like some backward tracking that is just annoying. If you really want to endure this one, the best bet is to just play track 5 or +0.5 as listed on the back cover and hit repeat.



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