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Lakey does know what he is doing completely. The chaotic mess gets a structure pretty fast, first into a hostile rythm that make you want to hit the wall until at least one of you breaks, and then into a really emotional and moving music. The entire 35 minutes of this album are made of such combinations. Devistating electronic overloads that are also pretty affectionate. It's not a ground breaking (might be wall-breaking!) album but it's an extremely intense, emotional and genuine. This is still the harsh and punishing, cold tidal wave of musical chaos, but Lakey also show a more sophisticated side in his tracks and to record a beautiful album.
Not too sure what he intends by such a colourful and ultimately meaningless description, but the end result is a mix of minimalist electronica and shrill feedback interspersed with infrequent jazz and lounge samples, an intriguing combination that is accomplished superbly with a deceptive ease
The main track, Laya, is an epic fourteen minutes in length, and tells a beautiful and sad tale of the succubus Laya. Wonderfuly alternating between male and female vocals, as well as sticking to a fixed scheme of rhyme, this track deserves to be praised for its artistic value. Like Loreena McKennit's breathtaking 'The Lady Of Shalott', Adversus shows the power music can have in this song. It's a song to listen over and over again, if you can understand German well enough.
As for the music, I wouldn’t call it gothic rock as it was stated in media reactions mentioned in press release. For me it doesn't sound as gothic rock, it sounds as metal (if you like gothic metal, a kind of genre that is unnecessary in my opinion) with addition of electronic sounds, strings and female vocals, immitating academic manner of singing from time to time (that is popular among gothic metal bands). No, it doesn’t sound as Tristania or Sirenia or some other gothic metal that became a stereotype, so to say, not so close to metal as those ones. However, does the album need to have this “gothic” label (or any other one) to be liked by those it is liked by? This album has some catchy tunes that will sure jump into your mind and stay there a little>
“Bone music” is issues by a young, but promising label Tympanik Audio, based in the US and dealing with Rhythmic Industrial music with IDM, ambient and tribal elements. This album is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.5 Canada License and can be downloaded at the band’s homepage.
It certainly seems as if Aeldaborn's initial forays into the live arena have really helped them in forging an effective, stirring Martial Neofolk style that owes much to the early heydays of the genre, with the minimalistic mix including only that which is essential, and no superfluous experimentation or affectations to water down the overall impact of their music. Even with only five full tracks on this release, and with a relatively limited acoustic palette, the scope of their vision is surprisingly broad considering this, and to possess that raw unbridled edge of the genre's great innovators is certainly a feat that few relatively new artists are able to achieve.
The music is really interesting, at first glance it sounded quite bland, like something that just fits in. However great guitar action, good drum stompage and a quite smashing theme gives Aeon a solid ground to stand upon to ensure further conquest.
It is rare in these times to encounter a metal band which still preserves and expresses the original spark of creative inspiration. With The Embodiment of Darkness and Light, Aeon of Horus have achieved just that.