Aeon is a Swedish death metal band. Now when I say that, many people will have a certain sound in mind for what they think that the band will sound like. They would be wrong in this case. You see when I say that Aeon is a Swedish death metal band, what I mean is that Aeon is a death metal band that happens to be from Sweden. Their sound owes far more to the early New York death metal scene than to the Swedish scene. Think Immolation, Suffocation, and Incantation. There is a little bit of technicality, but that is more along the same lines as saying that Cannibal Corpse is technical.
Aeon's music deals with anti-Christianity, which is certainly nothing new in the genre. So the music is of course dark and heavy. Unfortunately this is all just more of the same from Aeon who have been doing this type of death metal for years now. Most of their albums sound basically the same as well. This one added a little bit to the mix, mainly short acoustic tracks to break up the monotony of the pounding riffs.
I have been somewhat impressed by Aeon in the past. In particular I enjoyed Rise to Dominate but even then I felt that Aeon did not really have much to offer that was new and different from virtually any other death metal band. That is the same impression I have of the band on this release. While their music is certainly interesting while listening to it, it does not leave enough of an impression after it is over. The music is predictable and formulaic without really doing anything to distinguish Aeon from anyone else.
None of this is to suggest that I disliked this album. There is certainly a market for old-school leaning death metal, especially groups that sound like Immolation, but people looking for something new and innovative probably should look elsewhere. Aeon is good at what they do, but they are not terribly original.