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WOWS: Aion

Album Review

Italy’s eclectic post-metallers misplace their kitchen sink

A quick perusal of Verona, Italy-based post-metal sextet WOWS’ Facebook pages reveals a surprising list of influences – from Neurosis, Tool and Cult Of Luna to the more surprising Massive Attack and Radiohead.

But, despite encouraging adjectives about a “unique and huge sound… giving life and form to a majestic monster (or divine creature)” and the entire eight-track, one-hour opus being recorded live, direct to tape in the studio, the brooding melancholia and linear progression of Aion frequently drifts into dawdling passages of textural and atmospheric filler. 

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