A duo from the land down under, Australia, created in 2017 a death metal band named Aeons Abyss. With melodic riff driven death metal heavily influenced from both the death and thrash metal of old where bands such as Obituary, Morgoth, Entombed and Megadeth comes to mind the band released their debut EP Pity Eloquence in February. They haven’t stopped there though and just months later we now have their debut full-length album Impenitent in our hands!
Opening up with the title track it quickly becomes apparent just how much their style draws inspiration from previously mentioned bands. Easy to say I love this stuff and Aeons Abyss grabs my attention from the get go. One thing that does stand out for me is the vocals. That pure powerful voice where both low growls and mid shrieking is used in a way you don’t hear all that often in this day and age is something that might put some listeners off, it did to me at first too. Given it a few spins though it went from being what I thought holding the album back to its strong point. Funny how things can grow if you just give it time and really dig into an album, one of the things I love when it happens because those are the albums that usually sticks with you.
The intro to “You Shall Be As Gods” is another thing I came to love, the Victorian era type of intro which then falls into sweet midtempo riffing is a thing of beauty. Their previously released single “Darkness Falls” then ups the ante and delivers supreme headbanging worthy riffs where the Obituary influences shine. Two completely different takes on death metal but both executed so well. Which is exactly where I will end this review. Aeons Abyss has created wicked old school death metal where they take some of the best points from different styles and make it there own. It’s really refreshing and a real grower. You might not love Impentient on your first spin, hell you’ll probably have to be an old school death metal fanatic like me to begin with, but I assure you if you give it time you’ll only beg for more.
Written by J.B.
Artist: Aeons Abyss
For fans of: Obituary and Morgoth
Release date: November 1st, 2019
Favorite song: Darkness Falls
Score: 4/5 Excellent