Downfall of Gaia – Aeon Unveils the Thrones of Decay (2014)


As one of the least conventional bands in Metal Blade, Downfall of Gaia delivers a punishing 60 minute musical experience with their third full-length release “Aeon Unveils the Thrones of Decay”. Perfectly crafting an apocalyptic sound that fuses Black Metal, Post-Metal, and Sludge elements, this band will mercilessly make your speakers pop and have you begging for more.

Getting down to business with the bestial opener “Darkness Inflames These Sapphire Eyes”, the band spews their message with a brutality and firmness. The Black Metal sections are perfectly craved into the heavy riffing of this track, and the different vocal styles further extend the songs brutality. Just when you things are getting calm, blistering passages change the mood and direction of the songs, like in the epic “Carved into Shadows”. The underlying Doom/Post-Metal elements of tracks like this one and “Ascending the Throne”, make the band’s sound even richer and very diverse, making it harder to pin them down.

Being huge suckers for melodic passages, “Of Stillness and Solitude” is one of our favorite tracks in this release. The drumming is pretty skillful and the overall pace of the song is just brilliant. The aggressive onslaughts just add to the mystery by perfectly contrasting the slower passages. One of the most important aspects in this release is the underlying atmospheric nature of most tracks, a feature that is nicely delivered by solid guitar work and excellent tempo changes.

The misery and bleakness of tracks like “To Carry Myself to the Grave” and “Whispers of Aeon” is what makes this release great. Overall, the band does a great job in crafting intricate pieces that weave back and forth between brutality and atmospheric brilliance. This release features a wide variety of styles and elements put together very carefully to maximize the punishing effect of the music. If you like Atmospheric Post-Metal from bands like Year of No Light and such, look no further and pick up a copy of this gem.

Band: Downfall of Gaia Album: Aeon Unveils the Thrones of Decay

Label: Metal Blade Records

Release: November 11th, 2014

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Genre: Post-Metal / Sludge / Black Metal

Country: Germany

Rating: 90/100

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