I hate Christianity and all it different sects, really, but I’m also kind of tired hearing the seemingly false saviour mentioned on too many of the albums I listen to. Ignore the twat, hush him down and don’t speak his name ever again. God damn, you can’t fucking crucify him again anyhow. I ask myself, would there even be Metal without the bible? And the answer is yes, but very much of it would then be instrumental crap, ‘cause they wouldn’t have shit to growl/shriek about.
I love Sweden and all its different bands, and AEON has a special place in my heart because of their excellent debut, “Bleeding The False.” Sure, it sounded awkward, but man, what a truckload of killer riffs that album is made up of. They even managed to put a twist on the anti-Christian theme, almost making the lyrics worthwhile.
There is no fluent way from the rant I just presented to a description of “Rise Of Domination,” so this have to do.
As you’ve already read from the score, I’m not about to lavish Niagara Falls worth of praise upon this release. I like it, but have to admit that I’m slightly disappointed. It’s a good album, many times very good even, but it sounds like they are on auto-pilot here compared to the vital and vigorous effort they presented last time. It sounds better – production wise, less drums more guitar – but more than once they are caught in the trap of bland and generic Death Metal riffing.
For those who’ve listened to Death Metal for more than one second, this information I’m about to present will come in handy. AEON’s main influence is without doubt DEICIDE, second comes CANNIBAL CORPSE, and third MORBID ANGEL. Add a Swedish touch, and voila.
At its best, “Rise To Dominate” is simply staggering, absolutely showcasing a band at the very top of the Death Metal food-chain, one that eats shitty Gore Metal bands as an appetizer before every meal. At its worst it is just there, being good and all, but not tearing up shit like I sort of had expected. I know this band wasn’t made to invent and break new ground, but quite sometimes they sound like a mere tribute band to DEICIDE and CANNIBAL CORPSE. I don’t need that.
By reading my review you could get the impression that I think “Rise To Dominate” is a lazy effort. It is not. Every member gives it their best, mantling up a veritable feast of power and punch. That I both need and like, so it is a minor shame then that many of the times this powerful vehicle takes me to places I’ve been a wee bit too many times before. So, I’m old, you’re perhaps young, and if so – if you haven’t even heard of DEICIDE and CANNIBAL CORPSE – this could very well blow your head clean off. Just remember to ask your parents first.
AEON still writes some of the best riffs in the whole Death Metal business, but they did so way more often the last time around. I would also like to add that while I’ve never experienced AEON on stage myself, I have reliable sources stating that they’re absolutely furious up there. I can imagine, ‘cause as I’ve already mentioned there isn’t a lack of power in the tracks, it’s just that much of that power is used on stuff that doesn’t tickle my tickly parts.
I wholeheartedly recommend this for fans of Death Metal who are less jaded and cynic than me.
(Online September 2, 2007)