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Aegaeon - "Exponential Transcendence" (CD/EP)

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"Exponential Transcendence" track listing:

1. Inception (2:39)
2. Perception (4:41)
3. The Deprivation of Existence (3:22)
4. The Earth Devoured (3:17)
5. The Dawn of... (1:35)
6. Exponential Transcendence (4:00)

Reviewed by on February 4, 2010

"Though there are out of the ordinary elements present on this album, it doesn’t really centralize into anything more than just another deathcore album."

With down-tuned guitars, high production quality, and growls that sound like they’re from the very bowels of the Earth itself, newcomers Aegaeon have released their first EP, “Exponential Transcendence.” The band claims the death metal title, but to be clear, this album is deathcore through and through. Even among a lot of interesting bits, the hardcore influence shines through plainly. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing for fans of the genre, Aegaeon doesn’t stand out much from the other bands of the genre at all.

The first thing one will notice on this EP are the vocals. As a lover of deep, well-executed growls, I must say that I am impressed. They are incredibly low without being guttural and never devolve into the oft-consulted pig squeal. I am sure that there are some parts on this album where the vocals are altered to sound deeper (such as the final growl on “Perception,” which is an utterly ungodly, sewage-laden roar), but it definitely works.

The guitar work, for the most part, is incredibly standard for this genre: chugs, technical quasi-death metal riffs, and the occasional discordance. The band does add some cool elements like some blackened work and a very well done solo on the final song, but for the most part, the guitar work is pretty monotonous. The same goes with the drumming; mostly blasting with the occasional fill on the song intros. “The Dawn of…” features a cool, dark ambient intro and “The Deprivation” starts out sounding like an odd but interesting amalgamation of doom metal and a breakdown.

Though there are out of the ordinary elements present on this album, it doesn’t really centralize into anything more than just another deathcore album. Aegeaon has a lot of potential. If they could take some energy away from creating some cool parts on mediocre songs and direct it into better songwriting as a whole, I think the full-length will stand heads above other deathcore bands.

Highs: High production quality with interesting bits scattered throughout.

Lows: Ultimately just another deathcore album.

Bottom line: While some parts of this EP stand out, no new territory is explored and gets pretty redundant.

Rated 3 out of 5 skulls
3 out of 5 skulls

Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)