Friday, November 25, 2016

Aenaon "Hypnosophy"

Country: Greece
Genre(s): Avant Garde Progressive Black Metal
Label: code666
Format: CD, vinyl, digital
Release date: November 25, 2016
1. Oneirodynia (7:49)
2. Fire Walk With Me (7:00)
3. Earth Tomb (6:59)
4. Void (6:02)
5. Tunnel (4:45)
6. Thus Ocean Swells (6:58)
7. Phronesis - Psychomagic (15:16)

Total time 54:49

Astrous - vocals
Achilleas C. - guitars
Anax (J.M) - guitars
Orestis Z. - saxophone
Nycriz - drums

Aenaon take fairly established ideas that aren’t that original, but combine them in outlandish ways to create a unique mix. The journey of listening to Hyponsophy goes as such: At the base of the framework sits a foundation of typical black metal – trem picked riffs, fast drumming and chords that alternate between being melodic and dissonant. Then begins a deviation from that standard. The vocals are akin to Dødheimsgard with a “blackened theatrical” feel, blending screams and shrieks with dramatic yelling and other overtly emotive sounds.
But that’s not where the vocal experimentation ends, as singer Astrous incorporates singing that is borderline power metal. The guitar work starts to follow the experimentation of the vocals as it strays into territories that border on blackjazz ... but in the more popular understanding of the genre rather than the fusion-based strain that normally permeates metal. This all results in a mix that can be described as enjoyable, cheesy, serious, simple, complex and other similarly juxtaposed adjectives. Again: there’s no way this should work, but it totally does, as the band embrace their dichotomy to the fullest and make the most of it instead of trying to use it as a crutch.
Read the full review by Noyan at heavyblogisheavy.com


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