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Artist:

Altered Aeon

Album:

Dispiritism

Year: 2004
Format: CD
Label: Black Lotus
Genre: [Thrash Metal/Technical Death Metal/Power Metal]
Overall Rating: 7.0
Music: 7.0
Production: 7.0


Dispiritism is the debut album of Altered Aeon. The band was already formed in 2001 by Henrik Ohlsson (Theory in Practice, Mutant) and Kjell Andersson (Azotic Reign), but they were known as Thrawn back then. Since both of them were in additional bands, it took quite some time for the material to form.

Altered Aeon's music is quite ambiguous... Occasionally they have very good parts in their songs (which makes it clear that this band has potential), but on the other hand they have involved too many repetitive technical runs. Their music is a blend of trash metal, technical death metal and power metal (however, the vocals are mostly clean). Imagine how Nile and Brainstorm would sound together (with technical gimmickry involved).

Jonas Kjellgren (Carnal Forge, Centinex) produced this album in his Black Lounge studio. In some ways, the distorted rhythm guitar tone could have been better (it had some background fuzz/distortion that occasionally didn't get blocked by the noise gate). Nevertheless, the guitar tone in solos was quite good. The mixing has been done professionally and the sounds are quite apposite.

All in all, Altered Aeon is a welcome sight, but they should hone their songwriting skills... Some of their songs are really good (for example, track 11), but on the other hand their other songs have too many not-so-felicitous parts. I have high hopes regarding their future releases though.

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- MAGE (11.01.2004)



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LINE-UP:
Andersson, Kjell: Vocals
Nilsson, Per: Guitar
Rehn, Nicklas: Guitar
Hedlund, Anders: Bass
Ohlsson, Henrik: Drums
Producer: Kjellgren, Jonas
Mixing by: Unavailable
Mastering by: Unavailable
TRACKLIST:
Altered Aeon - Dispiritism  CD  Cover Image
01. Dispirited Chambers
02. The Resonance of Form in Transition
03. Desensitizer
04. Behind the Lodge Door
05. Patriots of Sin (aeturnum essentia)
06. Carpe Noctem
07. Dreamscape Domain
08. Oath to Endure
09. Light Creates Shadows
10. Transcendence Duology
11. Cellular Disorganization (Instrumental Bonus Track)
12. Welcome Home (Bonus Track)
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