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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
2010 Good Fight Music

Reviewed by: Dan Strobel   //   Published: 5/3/2010

A couple things we should just get out of the way about Son of Aurelius: This album, The Farthest Reaches, is on sale right now at Hot Topic for $9.99. Second, they will be touring the grand old US of A in May with Whitechapel. Basically, those two facts do more to form your opinion of what Son of Aurelius sound like now or will ever sound like than the 250 words or so that will follow this paragraph. Still, I gotta earn those bricks of blow and skanky hookers LG sends my way somehow so bear with me.

The Farthest Reaches is Son of Aurelius's debut album and features ex-Animosity guitarist Chase Fraser. For a band only performing together since 2009, SoA show plenty of promise. Technical death metal in the vein of current stars of the scene like The Black Dahlia Murder, The Faceless and Job For A Cowboy make the proverbial cup overflow with dueling guitars, typewriter double bass and songs with names like "Myocardial Infarction."

Mr. Fraser and fellow guitarist Cary Gear provide the most entertainment with some nifty and consistent work on the frets. "Facing the Gorgon" weaves several intricate guitar solos around vocalist Josh Miller's raspy snarl while epic closer "The First, The Serpent" is built around a swirling BTBAM-esque riff that builds to a climactic end.

Most of The Farthest Reaches sounds very similar to already established, competent bands and Son of Aurelius know what to take from them and what not; "Olympus is Forgotten" might as well be a B-side from Planetary Duality and both "Let Them Hate and Fear" and "Mercy for Today" could be bonus tracks on either Deflorate or Nocturnal.

Bottom Line: Son of Aurelius don't really bring anything new to the tech/prog/death metal category, but they prove they can hold their own among their peers. Time will only tell if they can mature enough to stand out from them.

PapHimself_   posted 5/19/2010 3:19:18 PM
godfatherofsoul_   posted 5/9/2010 9:53:37 AM
this album is bloody brilliant, mate. jolly good fun, i say. I WAS THE FIRST TO KNOW ABOUT THEM.
joeroeyo_   posted 5/7/2010 1:23:01 PM
So wait, no one even got that this band is compared to job for a cowboy? This reviewer talks about competent technical death metal and then says "BTBAM-esque riff" in the same breath? Sorry, not buying it, this reviewer probably thought Severed Savior sounded like noise. Nothing in here discussed the actual music sound, and he let a joke that literally writes its self (hot topic) be his opening line.
xxWEEDxx_   posted 5/7/2010 3:32:44 AM
Lame name.
James Grell_   posted 5/5/2010 5:45:37 PM
Yeah what the f*ck?

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