Dead Aeon: Apotheosis (2012)
Review by Jude Felton
At the time of writing this review, one of Ireland’s leading dark lights, the mighty Altar of Plagues, announced that they are calling it a day. It’s real shame, although James Kelly will still be delivering the goods in Wife, as they really did push the envelope in extreme music. However, in another corner of the Emerald Isle, Monaghan to be precise, Dead Aeon is making a noise right now; a very loud and intense noise that is nothing short of excellent.
What Dead Aeon deliver, on this EP, are five songs of absolutely crushing Death Metal that have a distinctive blackened edge to them. Apotheosis is absolutely furious, without losing any of the technical aspects of the musicianship. As soon as Omnicide kicks in, you know you are going to be on one hell of a ride, and it’s a ride that doesn’t let up until Veins of the Earth closes the EP.
Musically, Dead Aeon deliver an incredibly tight sounding output, which I imagine sounds great live, and there’s a wonderful ebb and flow to proceedings; they know when to take their collective feet off the gas, and it is then that the tunes reach even heavier heights. Vocally, Jack Penders mixes it up perfectly, alternately from deep growls to almost demonic screeches; he has an unholy set of lungs on him, whilst Chris Wynsryg (Guitar), Evan McGuigan (Drums) and Daniel Doherty (Bass) lay down the immense sounding music.
What Dead Aeon has achieved with Apotheosis is an EP that sounds bloody good on a first listen, but it’s only after you spin it a few more times that you’ll really absorb the music. They seem to have struck that fine balance of making music that is utterly relentless and technical, yet also making it instantly accessible. To me they reminded me of Suffocation’s evil and infinitely more twisted Irish step-brother, and I can’t think of a higher compliment right now.
Do yourself a favor and pick up this EP, as it will kick your ass. I fully expect to hear a damned sight more from Dead Aeon in the future, and if this is just the starter (they formed in 2008) the main course should be an absolute feast.
2. Mass Culture Theory
3. All Shall Fade
4. Rise to Power
5. Veins of the Earth
Apotheosis is available now and can be purchased here.