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Aeternitas - "Holocaust of Reason" (CD/EP)

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"Holocaust of Reason" track listing:

1. Breathing Life (5:56)
2. Elegy (04:17)
3. The Ancients (4:53)
4. A Raven's Flight Over a Burning Eden (8:43)
5. Infusco Aeternitas (7:02)
6. Truth Untold... (3:47)

Reviewed by on November 2, 2010

"...Aeternitas locks all their influences together, effectively creating beautifully epic, sprawling tracks that traverse moods several times throughout this relatively short album. "

Lately, Australia seems to be emerging in the metal world in great force. Aeternitas is a symphonic death metal band that, with only an EP out so far, has taken the scene by force. Similar in style to their fellow Australians Be’lakor, “Holocaust of Reason” is one impressive debut. The amount of creativity and vision brought forth here is pretty stunning for a debut. Highly addictive and emotionally driven, this band has a lot in store for the future.

Leaning heavily on the progressive side, Aeternitas manages to blend genres that are fairly similar in nature, but in very listenable ways. This EP is mostly symphonic; the synth and piano work at play here is simply gorgeous, especially the long piano solos. The guitarists manage to work their way up and down the fret board effortlessly and constantly assault the listener with a stream of creative riffing that blends into the music naturally and progressively. Never on this EP is there a long section of uninspired or bland guitar work. The bass could use a little more presence, but this ultimately doesn’t detract from the album overall. Each of these tracks have an epic quality to them, and while they all have this in common, none of them feel like rehashes of each other. “Holocaust of Reason” has a coherence that keeps it standing solid in a definite genre.

While each of these tracks stands well on its own, the transitions between them could be a little smoother, but like the minor issues with the bass guitar, this is not something that will distract the listener in the least. Transitions between symphonic sounds and more melodic, Gothenburg tones are done expertly and tastefully. Aeternitas even manages to sprinkle just the right amount of black metal influence into the mix. While this isn’t quite enough to give this EP the “blackened” title in the genre name, it is just enough to add just that much more variety.

“Holocaust of Reason” is a highly impressive debut from a young band. With sweeping, jaw-dropping compositions and riffs laden with emotion and vigor, Aeternitas locks all their influences together, effectively creating beautifully epic, sprawling tracks that traverse moods several times throughout this relatively-short album. This is definitely a band that won’t be going away anytime soon.

Highs: A perfect blend of symphony and melody.

Lows: Minor transition issues.

Bottom line: Bursting onto the scene with great vengeance and furious anger, this EP blends genres in a gorgeous and masterful way.

Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls
4.5 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)