Released: 2015, Goathorned Productions
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
From the glory days of Celtic Frost, Switzerland has always been known for its unique take on the metal genre. Each band had its own quirk, and were staggeringly individual. Aion are no exception as the unleash upon us their debut album "Verse Of Perdition", a vicious, snarling beast of an album.
For a kvltish reasons (I assume) each track is numbered as a roman numeral. Opening instrumental "I" is a droning mass of wrung out chords and howling feedback. It is grim, discordant and a touch uninspired. However, the band show their true quality on track number two "II", which twists like a tornado, conveying a fiendishly delightful sense of dread. It soon becomes apparent that this is Black Metal, Jim, but not as we know it. "III" keeps the savagery coming, with its focused rage, and a devilish picked guitar riff. "IV" offers up more of the same, with some utterly monstrous riffing, and hernia inducing vocals. Album closer, the imaginatively titled "V", concludes the album with another granite slab of jangling dissonance.
Although clearly a band with a lot of potential, Aion, with "Verses Of Perdition" fail to fully realise it. The most obvious criticism is that although they have a sound that is unique to them their material comes across as somewhat one paced and samey. A more dynamic is perhaps required. I will be intrigued to here their next release.
Review by Owen Thompson