I had never heard of this band till recently hence had no expectation of the quality of their music. After I downloaded a couple of songs from their website my initial impression was that of greatness. I promptly emailed Ted Foster (lead guitar.vocals) and requested that he send me a CD for review ASAP. I absolutely had to listen to this CD, and as a fan of every real metal genre I can tell you why!
Aeturnus Dominion hails from the Central Coast of Australia and are relative newcomers forming in 2003. However they are by no means rookies and in fact most of the members have histories in other bands. In recent times Australia has attracted more attention from overseas audiences than in the past mainly due to bands such as Aeturnus Dominion, which are in my opinion one of the best new bands to come out in recent times. These guys can play very brutal death metal, dubbed by the band as bastard metal due to it being a mixture of thrash, death and black metal. If that isn’t impressive enough, then the excellent album cover art is sure to make you drool.
The most prominent of the genres in this bastard metal band was death with an intricate thrash flare. The album kicks off with the track ‘Holocaust’ a fairly blackened track and incidentally the heaviest on the album. From the word go the album portrays KILLER BASTARD METAL with pretty neat guitar solo’s pulled off quite nicely by Ted. Spud on the rhythm guitar compliments brilliantly with non stop riffing mayhem.
The barrage of mayhem continues with every tune and 'God Has Failed' which is one of my favorites is just pure destruction. The third tune slows it down a fraction with its introduction, but don’t let that fool you as the song momentum picks up instantaneously in a manner that only a thrash song would generate. It is well worth noting here that the guitar riffs are fairly genuine. I thought that the initial chorus would lead somewhere with its somewhat repetitive screams but instead I felt that they just failed to create anything solid, if you like, in this particular verse. Overall I dub this album a very good release because it truly lets you sample the uniqueness of what this band has to offer.
I will let you discover the other tunes yourself but let me tell you that NOTHING on this album is even remotely close to sounding bad. Due to the variety of styles combined in Aeturnus Dominion ‘s sound metal fans of only one of those genres may very well love this album. I urge you all to visit the bands website and get this CD, even if you are only just getting into metal.
Best tracks: Holocaust, Unsanitized, Aeternus Dominion.
God Has Failed,
Global Cremation Suicide,