AEON ZEN are (L to R): Alistair Bell – Guitars Andi Kravljaca – Vocals Steve Burton – Drums Rich Hinks – Bass, Vocals & Keyboards
UK Progressive Metal band AEON ZEN will release their fifth studio album, ‘INVERITAS‘, on May 10. The follow-up to 2014’s ‘Ephemera’ will be available in digipack, digital download, and producer pack versions. Pre-orders will go live on April 8th.
“This is the first AEON ZEN album to be written collectively by all band members and it really is the next logical step on our journey, something that fans have been consistently asking for,” says AEON ZEN founder Rich Hinks. “It captures all sides of our personalities and it’s an album of intense meaning for all of us, exploring our passions and views on the darker and lighter side of life. It’s also the first AEON ZEN album we’ve released since I joined Annihilator in 2015, so we’re even more excited for the release.”
Merging modern metal with complex song structures and a broad range of styles, ‘INVERITAS’ contains just as many hooks as it is complex, with songwriting always being at the forefront. Also featured are the talents of Vadim Pruzhanov from DragonForce on the album’s title track, showing how different points of view and diverse musical opinions can be used to make Aeon Zen’s strongest statement to date.
Hinks continues, “I think all fans of melodic, heavy, technical and progressive metal can find something to love in ‘INVERITAS'”.
‘INVERITAS’ track listing:
1. Rebel Theory 2. The First And Only Line 3. Another Piece That Fits 4. The Last Alive 5. The Treachery of Images 6. Disconnected 7. The World Without Sky 8. Inveritas (Featuring Vadim Pruzhanov from DragonForce)
Here we have a band describing this as an EP, but at 32 minutes long I do often get sent albums that are shorter than this. Influenced by Wintersun, The Faceless, Dragonforce, Blind Guardian and Omnium Gatherum among others, here we have a death metal band that is also taking in influences from power metal and even some symphonic acts, and I could easily see them sharing a stage with the likes of Betraying The Martyrs. They get everything right this with this release, it is hard and heavy, complex and intricate, with great musicianship and production that is able to handle it. I am more than a little surprised to see that this is a self-release as I would have thought that a band producing music as powerful as this would have been grabbed by a label.
They now have two EP’s and a single behind them, but they need to be grabbed by someone who can give the band the promotion they deserve and get them back into the studio for an album. Or repackage this with the older releases if they are strong enough, and put that out as a stop gap. If you enjoy melodic, heavy, structured and complex music that takes elements from different areas and creating something powerful, then this is for you.
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