I discovered Slovakia’s Aeon Winds last year, when their “Aeon” demo fell into my possession (read my review here). That demo impressed me greatly, so when I discovered that a follow up was due to be released, I jumped at the chance to pre-order it.
In many ways “Those Who Will Remain Silent Forever” continues where “Aeon” left off. Symphonic Black Metal is the order of the day and it’s played with talent and conviction. To listen to this album is to journey in Aeon Winds’ world. With tracks like “Aeons of Crime”, “Thorns of Destiny” and “Black Spell of Destruction” pouring through your speakers, there is very little use for the outside world. One moment your surrounded by a cloak of mystical and mysterious wonder and then the next your transported to somewhere far more foreboding with harsh winters and unseen terrors. Aeon Winds certainly know how to take the listener on a journey.
In my review of “Aeon” I compared Aeon Winds to bands such as Dimmu Borgir and Vesperian Sorrow. While this is still true to a degree, I’ve found that “Those Who Will Remain Silent Forever” is a much more unique effort. After only one demo and one album, it’s amazing to think that Aeon Winds have already found ‘their sound’. As well as fans of the previous bands, fans of acts such as Dark Forest (Canada) and Kampfar may also find something to hook them in here.
While every track on this album is worthy of comment (although I don’t want to go into too much detail at the moment – it will be more rewarding for you to discover these gems yourself), one track that has particularly grabbed my attention is “Nechcenna Pravda”. When it comes to tempo and atmosphere, this track has hearty doses of everything. It travels between being a full-on Black Metal track, to suddenly switching to something beautiful and almost ethereal. It’s an average length track (clocking in at around 4 minutes), but it has an epic quality. If I had to listen to this song every day for a year, I would not complain and I would not get bored.
Overall, “Those Who Will Remain Silent Forever” is a very solid effort. It shows progression from the previous release and leaves me wanting to hear more.
A taster can be heard below:
Powered by Max Banner Ads