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ÆOLIAN - The Negationist: Review

Formed in 2016, Spain's ÆOLIAN have been somewhat overlooked by the wider metal scene over the years, but no more than ever we need to take heed of their work.

Originally intended to operate as a solo project, the band eventually grew organically into a five-piece, producing melodic death metal and featuring previous members from bands such as Helevorn, Goreinhaled, Desmodus Inferitvm Strangled, Battlehorn, and Decomposed Torso.

As alluded to the band also has a worthy cause, to raise awareness for environmental issues as loud and as heavy as they can, their message being delivered via their lyrical content carried on the waves of melodic death with hints of folk and black metal blended in.

The Negationist tackles the vitally important issue of climate change at its forefront and the continued destruction of the planet at the hands of us all via various different practices. While it's certainly not preaching or trying to ram anything down your throat the record is very much a plea for urgent attention, asking that each and every one of us be more mindful, make changes and take notice of the issues facing us and ultimately take that attention and turn it in action.

Hoping to achieve the same level of success that Cattle Decapitation found on last year's Death Atlas, which focused on the same global issues. ÆOLIAN delivers much of the same albeit with a different sound, of course.

The music itself is full of crushing guitars, blast beats, and almost black metal vocals intersected with harmonies, folk acoustic licks, and rhythmic double pedals. Drawing comparisons to the likes of In Flames, Kreator, or Re-Armed, the album is paced with precision and engineered to deliver a crisp and tight sound. Possessing the ability to draw a wide range of emotional responses, the record is one that sticks with you long after listening and brings you back each time, diving into the riff-laden tracks and pounding drum lines it can be easy to forget the underlying imagery presented until you catch the lyrics again, the album moves into the space of an ever-present reminder that while you can enjoy things you must also remain switched on and responsible. Whether that's exactly what was intended I can't say but that's what I took away from my time with the album.

Of course, it's not for me or the band to tell anyone what to do or how to live but hopefully, the record will strike a chord with people and resonate into the future. Either way, The Negationist is a sterling record that deserves praise.

Rating 9/10

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