Aeternus - _... And So the Night Became_
(Hammerheart Records, 1998)
by: Aaron McKay (
One could get lost in this release! -So- much happening. -So- much going on. Every note and masterful passage is something that has to be absorbed. To immerse oneself in _... And So the Night Became_ is to fully enjoy the musical fabric woven around you. I have yet to recover from the initial baptism upon spinning Norway's Aeternus for the first time. I can only hope that I can maintain my passion through numerous times experiencing the disc, which, no doubt, I :can:. Notice that I said "experiencing", because I believe that you cannot simply hear _...AStNB_. It infects you at a basic level. Truly befitting, severe vocals accompany the dark, brutal, yet often enchanting, melody. Creations manifest themselves in the songs, vocal and otherwise, that take on a vehemence all their own. Eight original pieces welcome you for a stunning sixty-three minutes, thirteen of which are devoured by the opening opus, "There Is No Wine Like the Bloods Crimson". Throw on Aeternus, prepare, smoke 'em if you got 'em, and relish in the crushed blackness of _... And So the Night Became_.
(article published 9/1/1998)
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