The Scythe Of Cosmic Chaos
VÁN Cthulhu-awed German death metallers fail to plumb the depths
Lovecraftian dread has slithered through Sulphur Aeon’s music since their 2010 demo. On 2015’s Gateway To The Antisphere, the brutality and murkiness of their blackened death metal was tempered by the right amount of bombast. The Scythe… heightens the drama by incorporating gothic flourishes and a robust production, but some songs suffer from too many competing ideas and influences. Yuggothian Spell is a typical example. The song transitions through passages that recall Dissection, Behemoth, Nile and even Candlemass, as Middle Eastern leads clash with Scandinavian black/ death and a doom-heavy finish – yet all without the songwriting skill, intensity or power of those bands. Consequently, some of the arrangements are overburdened, too, with Sulphur Aeon extending the natural conclusion of songs just for the sake of atmosphere or to include another ill-fitting motif.
FOR FANS OF: Behemoth, Bölzer, Hypocrisy