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Sons of Aeon
(Lifeforce Records)

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Jools Green

sons of aeon

Whenever a group of seasoned musicians get together to start a new project, particularly if it is "highly anticipated" there is always that question on my mind, will it live up to the hype? Happily the debut release from Finish Melodic Death Metal five piece, 'Sons of Aeon', has more than achieved this. The band is made up Tommi Kivinemi (Ghost Brigade) Bass, Wille Naukkarinen (Ghost Brigade) guitars, Tapio Vartiainen guitars, Pasi Pasanen (ex Swallow the Sun) Drums and the vocal talents of Tony Kaikkonen (Bone 5, Code for Silence).

There are, for me, so many positive elements about this album; an excellent gelling of musicians and an album which is very varied and not predictable, as many Melodeath albums have a habit of being, with well constructed songs and topped off with excellent, brutal, harsh, yet clear vocals, something that is always high on the list of importance for me.

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Sons of Aeon love their extended intros and opening track 'Faceless', which is a whopper at over seven and a half minutes long, has an atmosphere building intro where the tempo gradually builds to a chugging riff and a full three minutes before the vocal screams kick in. They are worth waiting for in a seriously exciting first track.

Continuing with 'Cold Waves' and maintaining the standard set by the opening track; with great chugging riffs, harsh yet clear vocals ranging from growl to a scream and spiralling guitar work towards the latter part of the track.

'Burden,' has another extended but slower and very emotive intro before things kick up several gears and the main body of the song begins. The drum work on this track is outstanding.

The catchy repeat riff and slower emotive chorus of 'Enemy of Souls' make it possibly my favourite track. But with the level of quality and listen-ability so high across the album, it is difficult to chose a definite favourite.

'The Centre' is yet another great track. It starts with a slower tempo intro and spoken lyrics before the main body of vocals kick in. The beautiful emotive guitar work and is complemented by drums which are good throughout the album but are noticeably effective on this track.

The catchy fast riffs along with varied changes in tempo and direction on 'Havoc Catharsis' kept my mind fully engaged on this well constructed track.

Although it has a slow opener, on 'Weakness' the tempo picks up with more rapidity than the other tracks and then the slower element of the second half make it both an excellent and highly emotive track with some stunning vocal screams.

A galloping repeat guitar riff forms the basis of 'Seeds of Destruction' and classic Melodeath riffs combined with a moody guitar chorus topped with magnificent screams in the final minute on 'Wolf Eyes' take you to the final track, the instrumental 'Black Sheep Process'. This track had me wondering for some time, given the bands penchant for extended intros, whether this was a slow building, extended intro or an instrumental, but I have no doubts it's definitely an excellent end to an excellent album.

I was prepared to be disappointed with this album but I was certainly not. There is no denying this is a first rate album and one that raises the bar on the standard for future Melodic Death Metal compositions with an excellent level of musicianship throughout. I absolutely love it and if you are a Melodeath fan, so will you.

The CD /Digi download is out now and it will be available on vinyl from March 11th on Lifeforce Records.

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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