Sulphur Aeon – Swallowed by the Ocean’s Tide

sulphuraeonLovcraftian death metal, swallowed by the waves and further submerged by the tentacles of Cthulhu, Germay’s Sulphur Aeon allows 10 tracks of deep and skillful death to bubble to the surface, empowered by airy and subtle synth work as found on “Incantation”to help set this trio apart. The keyboards do fade away into obscurity after the first full track, but their presence indicates to the listener that this isn’t going to be your typical brutal lashing. The killer cover art is indeed the initial draw of this album, but thankfully the band possesses the spacious and enchanting songsmithing skills to back up such a striking image. A full production that provides just enough mud, mysticism and reverb, further gives Sulphur Aeon that instant charm, but it is the union of striking guitar solos and memorable rhythms that stick mighty tracks like “Inexorable Spirits” firmly in your head and earn my respect. The bands use of speed is quit effective they take an often tired blast beat, and make it sound fresh again as the drummer pushes this expertly layered music to new levels of intensity. He thankfully also knows when to ease off the attack to allow a vocal line, or more cruising riff ideas to unleash their own strong sense of aggression. “Where Black Ships Sail” greatly benefits from a more majestic music break where powerful melodies and a mature mid-paced tempo hurl a huge wind into the creative sails of SA and it really demonstrates the interesting musical twists they are capable of. Such segments of orchestrated creativity within the standard death metal framework is a breath of fresh air and this band continue to explore such formulas throughout the remainder of Swallowed by the Black Ocean Tide. Sulphur Aeon beg for further inspection, for their debut full-length is a spirited and inspired descent into the often cold depths of this embattled genre. -Marty
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~ by martyworm on January 8, 2013.

3 Responses to “Sulphur Aeon – Swallowed by the Ocean’s Tide”

  1. i couldn’t find where to hear their music

  2. Here you go, eviltails:

  3. Listening to this album now and it CRUSHES! A sound as big, deep and cavernous like Cthulhu’s lair on the cover. Lovecraftian indeed. Must buy!

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