Abomino Aetas - _Sower of Death_
(Godreah Records / Firestorm, 2008)
by: Quentin Kalis (7 out of 10)
With all the Norwegian veterans having departed or widely deviated from the original Norse prototype, it is beholden upon newer and younger acts to carry forth the banner of classic black metal. Despite the hyperbolic and optimistic exhortations from their label, Abomino Aetas is not such a band.

In theory, this should be one of those run-of-the-mill, Mayhem-cum-Darkthrone noisefests that should have no trouble staying "underground". The guitars sound as thin and trebly as is humanly possible, and the production is expectedly shoddy -- except for the vocals, which are inexplicably well produced and polished by comparison to the instruments. The drums in particular are barely audible, barring the occasional and thunderous war drums, which provide an intermittent bombastic impetus.

Yet somehow it works, but not enough to create a classic or a much needed new wave of Norwegian black metal. Abomino Aetas still have plenty of room for development, but unlike most of their contemporaries in their field, I will be revisiting this one again and will eagerly anticipate their next blasphemic opus.

Contact: http://www.godreah.com

(article published 9/8/2008)


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