Aeternus - ...And the Seventh His Soul Detesteth

...And the Seventh His Soul Detesteth
Dark Essence Records
Returning after a long 7-year hiatus, with two new members on board, Aeternus are still Ares’ brainchild and personal project in a way. This time, the new drummer is Phobos (Gravdal, Malsain) and the new guitarist is Specter (Tortorum, Vulture Industries).
The death metal elements prevail throughout the album while there various black metal ones as well as several acoustic & atmospheric passages. The brutal vocals, (which I personally do not fancy that much), along with the fast & aggressive parts imparts a rather tense, raw & vicious character in the album. There’s no place for melodies here so do not try to find any melodic or easy-listening themes. The album was recorded & mixed by Bjornar E. Nilsen (Vulture Industries, Black Hole Generator) at Conclave & Earshot Studios in Bergen. The production is actually very good.
Certainly, this album addresses to the loyal fans of the bands and to those who fancy death, fast aggressive, raw & brutal music. The metal leads as well as some acoustic/atmospheric passages are there to break the overall monotony but they do not change the overall style of the album at all. Do not forget that the limited edition version of the album is released with the classic “Dark Sorcery” EP from 1995 as a bonus disc.