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Aegaeon - Being

Outstanding hybrid between brutality and beauty - 86%

GuardAwakening, June 22nd, 2013

Aegaeon is one of those heavy bulldozing deathcore acts slowly emitting from the small US state of Indiana. As of recent, one of the biggest instances I can put forth that are coming from the heavy music scene there would have to be Dan Watson, vocalist for the extensively popular online deathcore collaboration Infant Annihilator. While it doesn't stop there, it seems that the deathcore scene from this specific state is growing as it is getting extensively innovative. Aegaeon is a purist example of this. Putting out upon their third release so far and showcasing un-before seen melodic musical traits into (usually) slow-tempoed heavy music, it's completely obvious the hype this band has gotten within recent months.

This release jolts in soft yearning space-like guitar melody and synthesizers packed along to crushing palm muted riffing, death metal tremolo picking and breakdowns. You can almost wrap your head around the typical Rings of Saturn sound (without all the technicality but space-like sound produced by guitarist Lucas Mann and their usual brand of synthesizers) and combine it with I Declare War's usually bumpy and punishing heavy deathcore style and this would be the result. The sound intention comes naturally being that the band's name is the name of one of Saturn's own moon's itself. Almost as if it's so practical that I Declare War and Rings of Saturn had a child which happened to be named right after the name of Saturn's moon itself.

Drumming is sort of mediocre which doesn't concern me too much being that it was performed by a then session skinsman named Anthony Barone who wasn't even a part of the band. He's not terrible but not great either but he gets the job done. However, the guitar wizardry provided by the likes of Jerry Grannan and Sebastian Brown steal the show while singer Jim Martin sits atop the action. Brown and Grannan usually switch off their styles among casual chiming melody to destructive heavy riffs, breakdowns and even a few djent parts (take the opening riff of "Demise" as the biggest example of the last one). The EP is rather short, but sweet. 6 tracks, one being just a minor introduction and the final song clocking at 2 minutes long but landing in a beautiful array of heavy vocals but dream-like synth programming and spellbound production.

If brutiful was a word, it would describe Aegaeon's Being perfectly.