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