Album Review: Æsthetica – Sonorous Æon (Esetiske Studier/Fysisk Format)

Following in the footsteps of the likes of Black Sabbath, Swans and Godspeed comes Æsthetica. Their doom-laden debut album, Sonorous Æon is out on December 8th 2017 via Esetiske Studier/Fysisk Format.

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Æsthetica certainly have a unique sound that they can proudly call their own. Sonorous Æon might be a doom album at heart but it doesn’t stop there. Elements of post-rock, progressive blues rock & more results in an unusual but stimulating listen.

Opener Haze drifts along on a Sabbath-style of riffing, Todesfuge brings a pulsing rhythm that is calming in its presence before the prolonged La Paz echoes out. Building in volume, the melody & rhythm seems designed to unbalance as it increases in force.

Gates calms things down again with a soft & faint melody before Worshipper brings the Sabbathy doomy beat back to the forefront. A poignant ritual of a track, its sorrowful vocals alongside wicked sounding riffs & a memorable drum beat stands out.

An impressive doom/post rock release ends on the unsettling Ekstasis. A track that floats along until it ups the speed before ending on a lengthy piece of lovely melody. A powerful finale.

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Æsthetica – Sonorous Æon Full Track Listing:

1. Haze
2. Todesfuge
3. La Paz
4. Gates
5. Worshipper
6. Ekstasis

You can order the album on Vinyl here & here as well as digitally on Bandcamp. Find out more about Æsthetica over on Facebook.

Æsthetica - Sonorous Æon (Esetiske Studier/Fysisk Format)
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