Son of Aurelius – The Farthest Reaches

Son of Aurelius

The Farthest Reaches

01. Mercy for Today
02. Let Them Hate and Fear
03. The Farthest Reaches
04. Olympus is Forgotten
05. Facing the Gorgon
06. Pandora’s Burden
07. A Champion Reborn
08. Myocardial Infarction
09. The Calm
10. A Good Death
11. The First, The Serpent

[Good Fight Music | 04/13/10]

I took a chance when I purchased Son Of Aurelius’ first album The Farthest Reaches. Usually before purchasing any album I guarantee I’ll enjoy it by giving it a pre-listen through research on the internet. Before buying The Farthest Reaches, I had only heard Mercy For Today and knew it fell into the broad genre of death-metal, a genre I’m very picky about. After listening to the album repeatedly for over a week, I can say I’m glad I took that chance; I’m glad I gambled.

Son Of Aurelius are a  melodic death metal band first and foremost, but they also incorporate many other elements into their songwriting such as prog, grind, and tech. Of these elements. progressive stands out the most, as the song structure evolves and changes through out most tracks. The vocals are unique in sound, but most similar in style to The Black Dahlia Murder with varied highs and lows.

The Farthest Reaches opens with “Mercy For Today”, which carries a strong chorus of “Don’t forget that I’m doing you a favor!” that spurs one to want to scream and growl along with the vocalist. This is one of their more melodic chorus-verse-oriented tracks. The next song, “Let Them Hate and Fear“, features Son of Aurelius’ ability to blast and shred at breakneck speeds, seamlessly transition to melodic rhythms, and then return to the blasting and shredding. While this song has points of melody, it also blends the best “Death” of The Faceless’ Akeldama and tech of  Beneath The Massacre.

Tracks three and five, “The Farthest Reaches” and “Facing The Gorgon”, display the band’s awareness of knowing when to let the vocals breathe and the instruments take lead and vice versa. This awareness allows for a more varied and enjoyable listening experience. “Pandora’s Burden”, track 6, is the only song that contains elements of grind drawing a very close similarity to  The Red Chord’s more recent work in Prey For Eyes and Fed Through The Teeth Machine. “Olympus Is Forgotten”, track 4, has one of the most chaotic introductions I’ve heard, opening so violently techy all you want to do is thrash your head. The album closes as it started with “The First, The Serpent” being a melodic-death-metal track, with a nice clean instrumental intermission.

The production quality is worth mentioning here as well. Son of Aurelius produced a very crisp and clean sounding album. If you’re like me, you’ll be happy to know this one sounds great in your car with the windows down blaring shreds and double bass pedaling.

As I said, I’m a picky death metal listener. But I can’t find a single criticism to this album. If you’re looking for a new melodic death metal listen that’s complex and delicious for the ears to chew on, or simply jonesin for a new Black Dahlia Murder album like I am, grab The Farthest Reaches. That oughta hold ya.

Son of Aurelius – The Farthest Reaches gets…

5/5

– PC

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