ZYKLON's debut "World Ov Worms" was praised among the fans and media but it didn't really impress me (since I didn't go and buy it). What I heard from it, it sounded pretty good but still not enough to convince me. And now the boys of ZYKLON are back with their second offering "Aeon" and this is a whole different story altogether! What Samoth, Trym, Destructhor and the new addition Secthdamon are offering here is a friggin' hurricane of a CD!
Alright, I may not be the best person to say it for the reasons I already mentioned but still "Aeon" sounds more controlled than their debut. More controlled and a bit slower, which they make up with adding more heaviness. They take a step or two more towards Death but Black Metal isn't thrown overboard just yet. And you know, this is a good call on their part, their sound is that much closer to perfection.
The song material on the whole is top-notch Death Metal with some BM influences and shouldn't disappoint any fan of good Death. Be it the fast and crunchy starter or the slow and heavy "Two Thousand Years" everything is done with utmost skill but then again it's no wonder with these guys. "Aeon" rolls on like a runaway tank and each of the nine tracks contain enough heavy riffs to hack, slash and chop everything in their path. However, it is the last track that really shines out of the crowd. A rather mid-paced Death Metal track but there's just something epic about it that makes it so brilliant. Secthdamon's voice sounds a bit raspy and there's many clean parts too. Add to that the skilled usage of electronic sounds and you've got a very grandiose slab o' Metal here.
Tracks like "Electric Current" (and "An Eclectic Manner" for that part) show that ZYKLON isn't afraid to go out of its way and experiment a bit regardless of how the audience might react. In the end of that track there's a completely electronic part, which at first may make you ask "wtf?" but after a few listens it'll sink in and becomes a welcomed and refreshing addition to the song.
Secthdamon's vokills fit the music of ZYKLON like a glove and range from Death Metal grunts to BM screams to even a few Hardcore type shouts ("The Prophetic Method"). Samoth and Destructhor simply slay but none can match Trym's drumming skills. He really deserves each and every praise he gets. ZYKLON wouldn't be ZYKLON without his perfect battering. He gives blastbeats a whole new meaning!
With "Aeon" the boys of ZYKLON have really outdone themselves and the result is one of the best (Death) Metal albums of the year. Every fan of good Metal should go and buy this if they know what's good for them. All hail ZYKLON! (Online October 6, 2003)