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AETURNUS DOMINION "Semper Tyranis" CD
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On Saturday the 4th of February Grindhead Records officially released Aeturnus Dominion's debut album Semper Tyranis, which marked the inception of their unique style of extreme music dubbed "Brutal Aussie Bastard Metal".
Aeturnus Dominion in essence play a combination of death, thrash, heavy metal and hard rock - infusing fleeting hints of melody and groove in a crushing metallic assault. The original release of Semper Tyranis in 2004 received widespread praise and saw Aeturnus Dominion being placed in the top 10 of the Music Oz Awards (Aussie hardcore/metal bands of the year).
1. Holocaust 03:28
2. God Has Failed 03:33
3. Aeternus Dominion 04:14
4. They Wait 03:19
5. Unsanitized 02:53
6. Global Cremation Suicide 02:35
7. Meathook 03:36
8. Unholy 02:23
9. Cyanide 03:57
Total playing time 29:58
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A death/extreme metal band which showcases a vast amount of clean vocals and music which brings older Slayer and early Iced Earth to mind, Australia’s Aeturnus Dominion seem poised to make an impact in the extreme metal scene. For much of the 90’s, the members which would eventually unite under the Aeturnus Dominion moniker spent time in the bands Tritura, Jumpathug, Eternal Hate, Kronic, and P.A.E.N. The name Aeturnus Dominion was finally settled upon in 2003, and later that year the demo Terrorize was put out. During the following year, Aeturnus Dominion released their debut full-length album Semper Tyranis, which was re-released late last year once they signed with Grindhead Records.
Although many people see Aeturnus Dominion as a death metal band, their music, especially the guitar playing, is very much along the lines of thrash, especially the nastier variety. Many of Semper Tyranis’s tracks present a tone which is quite similar to those found on Slayer’s Reign in Blood and Iced Earth’s Iced Earth. In addition to displaying brutal and evil tones, guitarists Ted "Demented" Foster and Grant "Thrax" Campbell churn out plenty of steam-rolling riffs and frenetic solos. While Foster and Campbell serve as a formidable guitar team and make their presences felt, it is vocalist Jesse "Jester" Aiken more than anyone else who will help Aeturnus Dominion to make a big splash in the metal scene. Unlike so many death/extreme metal vocalists, he uses an indistinguishable growl sparingly, and much more often than not utilizes a rough yet discernable delivery which not only compliments but enhances the music. The only weak spot present on Semper Tyranis is Steve "Osi" Austin’s drum sound. From what I can tell, Austin is a great drummer, and probably kills live, but unfortunately Semper Tyranis’s production does not do his sound justice. However, this is only one drawback, and overall, the good thoroughly outweighs the bad on Semper Tyranis. Regarding the disc’s format, it does not deviate from the ominous thrash/death metal assault which begins with "Holocaust." Other highlights are "They Wait," "Aeturnus Dominion," "Cyanide," and the album’s best song, "God Has Failed."
With the potential demonstrated on Semper Tyranis and the enduring of many personnel changes, Aeturnus Dominion certainly comes across as a band which not only will be around for a long time, but one which will make some serious progress in the extreme metal scene. As of May 2005, the bulk of the recording for the upcoming album Annihilation Process was finished, which means that it hopefully should/will be released at some point this year. If so, it very well may go down as one of this year’s best. 5/5
It's not so easy to classify Aeturnus Dominion, a new band that comes from the land of the Kangaroos, but let me tell you something, we are in front of a really good surprise!!! Between Hard Rock, Heavy and above all Death Metal, Aeturnus Dominion plays an excellent and original Metal that will find, I really hope it, a well-deserved success.
Aeturnus Dominion is really original, just imagine some Heavy Metal (riffs, voices etc) that can even sounds "Hard Rock" in reason of the "bluesy" overdrive of the guitars on some tracks mixed with the violence of Death Metal. This is actually in some few words a good sum-up of the music of this excellent band from Australia. It's not easy to find original bands nowadays but for sure we are in front of something here.
The nine songs of this first auto-produced album are all excellent, and it's nice to see that Heavy Metal and Death Metal can be mixed like that. "Holocaust" with its "fight" between the classic Heavy Metal vocals and Death Metal grunts is a good example of the music of the band. At the opposite, "Meathook" is a pure Death Metal composition, with fast aggressive drums and powerful aggressive riffs. The production is actually the only bad point of the album. Actually the recording is a bit average, I regret it, but it's not terrible and it's easy at least to listen to the music of the album. Let's just hope that Aeturnus Dominion will have the luck to record their upcoming album with some more professional means.
I really recommend you "Semper Tyranis" the excellent first album of the Australian band Aeturnus Dominion. If you like Death metal and have enough of the European mix between Power Metal and Death vocals, you must have a look on this album that sounds "true" Death on a hand and "true" Heavy on the other. Really surprising I won't forget Aeturnus Dominion and hope that we will hear about them soon. Rock N Roll !!!
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