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Aeon Sable - Aequinoctium (2013) - Review

Band: Aeon Sable
Album title: Aequinoctium
Release date: 4 October 2013
Label: AF-music

Tracklisting:
01. ...Aequinoctium
02. Tenfifteen
03. Secret Flower
04. Long Road Out Of Hell (Stormed)
05. Drawing Circle Square...

While the dust over the Aeon Sable's last album Saturn Return hasn't completely died down, the band astonishes with another masterpiece entitled Aequinoctium. This release is in a way just a continuation of what was said and done on Saturn Return, but no matter what it offers a lot. Aeon Sable became an entity of genre expanding gothic rock with their three albums and one of the most consistent acts of dark music out there. Even though Aequinoctium brings just a little bit more than thirty minutes of music, its five songs hold such great vibrations and above average musical compositions that must move the soul of each lover of gloomy sounds. While still beign considered as a gothic rock band, the German duo can't be counted just as such, because in their songs there is a lot more and the right label to what they do is (as vocalist Nino said) dark post rock.

Album opens with a diabolic album titled intro "...Aequinoctium" and like we are used from before oriental influenced sounds consume the listener into this magical journey. In a way it reminds me to some Merciful Nuns or Garden Of Delight tunes. Like on previous album we have one catchy danceable gothic rock whore, this time titled "Tenfifteen", that gives the necassary dynamics to the whole thing as the rest of album dwells in much more melancholic, atmospheric waters, sometimes at the edge of becoming psychedelic. Do you remember how fantastic was the slowly building ambiance of "Praying Mantis" and Aeon Sable used this formula again on "Secret Flower" and "Drawing Circles Square...". Almost psychotic, mind consuming delicate and emotional sounds, every time greater vocals, sucks you into this sonic apologetic world full of undiscovered meanings and shades of ghastly metamorphosis that someones mind can create in its illusive form of life. Slowly waving guitar lines, deep bass lines and impeccable gloomy synths are one of a kind and I'm sure that even those of hairsplitting critics will enjoy in some guitar lines and riffs. Just give a listen to how gentle is balladic, 70's smelling, "Long Road Out Of Hell (Stormed)" and soon you will be singing along with Nino the verses "I say - It's a long road out of hell...". Yet, Aequinoctium is an ambiguous album, it gives warmth, but at the same time carries a lot of coldness.

Aequinoctium is in a way a bit softer, tender and even more emotional in comparison with Saturn Return, it's a work of art that builds on special ambiances. There are no harsh shouts like on before mentioned masterpiece "Praying Mantis", still the band reaches almost the same effect with huge breaks. There are no words to describe how smooth, elegant, thought provoking and absolutely epic are most of song structures. There is something for fans of classic gothsters like The Fields Of The Nephilim or The Sisters Of Mercy, there are elements of typical post rockers, there are shoegaze elements, there is a lot of uniqueness. Everything mesmerizes also with great production and beautiful dark artwork and very special package. Aequinoctium is a modern album, or if you prefer mini album, that is a shame if it will be missed in each fans of dark music collection.

Review written by: T.V.
Rating: 9,5/10

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