Swallowed by the Ocean's Tide

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Band Name Sulphur Aeon
Album Name Swallowed by the Ocean's Tide
Type Album
Data de lançamento 11 Janeiro 2013
Estilo de MúsicaDeath Metal
Membros têm este álbum89


1. Cthulhu Rites 01:35
2. Incantation 04:06
3. Inexorable Spirits 04:49
4. The Devil's Gorge 04:27
5. Where Black Ships Sail 03:39
6. Swallowed by the Ocean's Tide 04:38
7. Monolithic 03:53
8. From the Stars to the Sea 04:38
9. Those Who Dwell in Stellar Void 04:34
10. Beneath. Below. Beyond. Above. 04:43
11. Zombi (Fabio Frizzi Cover) 03:37
Total playing time 44:39

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Crítica @ GandhiEgo

28 Março 2013

Epic and warring Death Metal! Not to be missed out!

Death Metal is an ever changing beast and since the rise of the genre, it has evolved in many directions. After Carcass birthed Heartwork and subsequently tainted Sweden (again) with its melodic approach, Melodic Death Metal got farther and farther away from its Death Metal origins to become a genre on its own. In recent years, the chasm grew so wide that most people would not even consider it Death Metal any longer and actually I eventually turned up to be one of those people.

The “melodic” side of Death Metal became a complete turnoff for most OSDM and Brutal Death Metal fans. But sometimes, even if seldom, some bands have the ability to infuse melodies with Death Metal and not sound like sissies. And Sulphur Aeon are one of these bands. Coming from Germany and part of the local roster of FDA Rekotz, their debut Swallowed by the Ocean’s Tide has become this year’s new sensation in Death Metal, making it one of the most praised releases of early 2013 in Death Metal and a fantastic debut to come up with. Having released one demo and an EP before the debut, it is safe to assume that few people knew about them until now and the various bands the members are or were involved in are only local that even fewer people may know about.

So, coming out of the blue (pun!) Sulphur Aeon just literally floored listeners with their brilliant and rare take on Death Metal. As previously hinted, they play Melodic Death Metal, but they play Melodic and Brutal Death Metal. And it’s not Brutal with a little melody here and there or Melodic with the occasional blast beats, no this is the full-fledged beast that continually displays both. Beautiful harmonies mixed with the aggression. Incisive and epic riffing that sometimes even sound Black Metal’ish, mammoth heavy production and a drummer with just as many arms as that creature from the cover art has tentacles. The gutturals of M also seem to be infused with a little Black Metal and their “intelligibility” make the lyrical work even grander. There are also a few keyboards used throughout the record but more to distill atmospheres than to hide mediocrity.

Sulphur Aeon are just a war machine. Crushing the ground everywhere their legions dwell. Stopping only to contemplate the devastation previously caused. Melodic, brutal and ultimately epic and warring Death Metal. The only band I can think of that comes even close to the Germans is Helcaraxe from the US who developed, on Broadsword and other releases, this testosterone-loaded Melodic Death Metal with almost the same efficiency. The main difference between the two bands is that actually Helcaraxe chose to develop Viking and warlike concepts where Sulphur Aeon are more versed into Lovecraft’s Mythos. The incantation at the beginning of the record (Ia!) is close in essence to Morbid Angel’s Lord of All Fevers and Plague and both art and lyrical themes revolve around R’lyeh, Cthulhu and other marine nightmares thought by the sick mind of the Providence mastermind. Which to me is a bit of a contradiction since I really can’t picture anything lovecraftian in Sulphur Aeon’s music as it is no crawling chaos like, for instance, Portal’s mad Death Metal. However, this “faux-pas” is definitely minor and considering that music has precedence, I can totally neglect this aspect of Swallowed by the Ocean’s Tide since the music is so enthralling. Maybe, Zombi, the last instrumental track that is also the slowest one and laden with eerie “female-like” humming could eventually bring up Lovecraft in mind but as I said, this is just a minor “discrepancy” to which listeners will most likely not pay attention.

In other words, Sulphur Aeon’s debut is just as great as it was unexpected. Of course, the surprise factor will play a big influence but this record has a ridiculously high replay value. It just wants to be played on and on, revealing more splendor at each listen as well as surging your body with a will to battle!

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VesselsOfBlood - 28 Março 2013: Great review! Thanks so much for showing me this band! :D
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