Swedish death metal overlords AEON will release their fourth studio offering, "Aeons Black", on November 20 via Metal Blade Records. The mammoth 15-track effort was recorded at Empire Studio in Östersund, Sweden, engineered, mixed and mastered by Ronnie Björnström (Garageland Studios) and featuring cover art by Kristian "Necrolord" Wåhlin (BATHORY, AT THE GATES, DISSECTION, EMPEROR).
"Aeons Black" track listing:
01. Still They Pray 02. The Glowing Hate 03. The Voice Of The Accuser 04. I Wish You Death 05. Garden Of Sin 06. Neptune The Mystic 07. Nothing Left To Destroy 08. Passage To Hell 09. Aeons Black 10. Dead Means Dead 11. Sacrificed 12. Aftermath 13. Blessed By The Priest 14. Maze Of The Damned 15. Die By My Hands
The song "Still They Pray" can be streamed below (courtesy of Metal-Hammer.de).
Commented AEON founding guitarist Zeb Nilsson: "This is definitely our most varied album to date; it has heavier songs, yet it also has lots of fast blastbeats and double bass drumming. It's groovier this time, which I think we lacked on our last album, 'Path Of Fire', which was fast-paced almost all the way through. That, and the amazing mix by Ronnie Björnström, makes me feel pretty confident that this album will appeal to more people than our previous albums. And no, we have not gone softer in any aspect; it's just easier to catch with all this grooviness. It's metal right up your ass!"
The official lyric video for the first single from "Aeons Black", the album's title track, can be seen below. Guitarist Daniel Dlimi says of the tune: "'Aeons Black' is the first song that I started to work on as we begun writing for this album, and it's also one of the very last to get finished. My goal was to create a somewhat heavier, odder, not-so-typical 'AEON' song. Once happy with the musical arrangement, I handed it over to [vocalist] Tommy [Dahlstöm] to let him write some lyrics and vocal patterns for it. He managed to get it even darker and more eerie. The lyrics are all about how everything living eventually must face the inevitable, which is death. There will be no savior, no heaven nor hell... just a pitch black, silent empty void."
Tommy Dahlstöm - Vocals Zeb Nilsson - Guitar Daniel Dlimi - Guitar Arttu Mallki - Drums Marcus Edvardsson - Bass