||SCOTT ADAMS: TERROR AUSTRALIS
AEON OF HORUS
2nd March 2011
Greetings from Canberra, the throbbing heart and soul of Australia – whatever the doomsayers tells ya...
Okay, an exaggeration, but it's the last one you'll find in this column. Over the next few weeks, months, shit, even years if Mr Goldby can put up with me, the aim of Terror Australis will be to get you nice an' familiar with some of Australia's best 'undiscovered treats'. Thankfully it's not all Airbourne, and we'll be bringing you the best that the Australian rock and metal scenes have to offer right here in our little niche at MetalTalk.net.
First cab off the rank is Canberran technical death metal troupe Aeon of Horus, recently back on the scene after a bout of personnel change that would have been enough to fell a less hardy bunch of mortals. They have already carved quite a reputation for themselves down under as a top class, highly professional outfit, and they are looking to export that class with a European visit sometime later this year, according to new lead guitarist Pete Meere.
"Absolutely. We love playing in Australia, of course we do; but the opportunities to tour here are limited and you can only play the same places so many times, especially closer to home. It's easy to become disillusioned by that."
He's right, with many venues in Australia only opening their doors to live music at weekends (unless you're an established 'name act'), most bands are reduced to 'weekend tours' on a circuit that gets smaller as the years go by. It's not an atmosphere that helps a band like AoH which thrives on hard work and dedication to it's art.
The band formed in 2006 and did the usual honing of skills on the local scene before unleashing their debut album, 'The Embodiment of Darkness and Light', in 2008. The album, choc full of dark epicry as well as the crushing brutality expected of such an outfit, was met with positive reviews from all that heard it, and garnered the band supports with the likes of Pig Destroyer and Satyricon.
But the original lineup splintered, leading to former Templestowe axeman Meere joining the lineup alongside bassist Scott Carter, the pair joining longstanding members Andy Annand (vocals and keyboards) and Ben Hocking (drums). Meere takes up the story again.
"It was a difficult situation to walk into, the previous guitarist had a very distinct thing, much different to mine, but I think it's working out well.
"We're working on new material all the time, we've written a lot of stuff that we're looking at getting recorded and mixed towards the end of the year.
"It would be good if we could do the recording and mixing in Europe at the same time as playing a few shows there!"
And a physical release for the record?
"It depends. The CD seems to be dead as a sales medium, young Metal fans seem very comfortable with buying music digitally. (The band are available on iTunes). CDs are great but I think the future lies down other paths. We'll see!"
We will indeed. Without sounding condescending, it's great to encounter a 'young' band from Canberra that has such a sound plan (no pun intended), and has the smarts - and the skills - to execute said blueprint. It's a tough slog for extreme music expositors Australia, but the band are under no illusions – they know what they have to do.
These are indeed exciting times for the band who as well as getting geared up for more recording action also have a brand spanking new website almost ready to be unveiled (keep checking www.aeonofhorus.net by clicking here). In the meantime you can visit their facebook page to hear what all the fuss is about by clicking here.
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