Not seeing a Scroll to Top Button? Go to our FAQ page for more info.


2162 1 2 0

It’s no secret that I’ve been a big fan of Aeternam since the release of their debut album ‘Disciples Of The Unseen’ back in 2010, and I still consider the ‘Moongod’ album among my favorite death metal albums of the last two decades. Their third album ‘Ruins Of Empire’ was a worthy follow up to ‘Moongod’ as well, so these guys have never released anything but pure quality. Therefore I was quite excited when Aeternam frontman Achraf sent me a copy of their latest effort a few days ago for an early review, so let’s just get down to business. First of all, ‘Al Qassam’ sounds unmistakable Aeternam, so no big surprises here stylistically, which in my opinion is a good thing. Instead they seem to have focused on refining their already quite unique sound which is beautiful blend of melodic/technical death metal, folk music and middle eastern influences, and the result is probably their most varied, pompous and atmospheric album to date. You can easily hear that a lot of attention has been spent on details in the writing, arranging and recording process, all with the clear intention of getting the maximum potential out of each song while avoiding to fall into the trap of being a show-off in technical skills despite their indisputable talent as musicians. As on the previous albums both growling, screaming and clean vocals are used in a perfect blend that suits the material perfectly. ‘Al Qassam’ is blessed with a powerful and crystal clear production with the help of the amazing mixing and mastering skills of Christian Donaldson (well known for his work on excellent sounding albums from among others Shadow Of Intent, Beyond Creation, Ingested and The Agonist). All nine tracks on the album are premium quality without a single weak moment in sight, and the all over atmosphere, the variation, the details, the beautiful melody and harmony lines alongside the aggressive, hard riffing death metal foundation makes ‘Al Qassam’ Aeternam’s best album to date and a serious contender to the album of the year title as well. Do yourself a favor and grab a copy of this epic album when it hits the stores om March 27th.



Al Qassam (2020)

Ruins Of Empire (2017)

Moongod (2012)

Disciples Of The Unseen (2010)

Editor review

1 reviews

Was this review helpful? 0 0

Write a comment...

Latest reviews

640 Even Knudsen

THE DEVILS OF LOUDUN Escaping Eternity

The Devils Of Loudun is a symphonic/melodic death metal band heading from Seattle, Washington and…
866 Even Knudsen

STORMKEEP Tales Of Othertime

I don’t listen to black metal nearly as often these days as I did 15-20 years ago, but once in a…
776 Even Knudsen

PATHOLOGY The Everlasting Plague

Over the past couple of decades a jungle of sub-genres have emerged within extreme metal in…
888 Even Knudsen

MASSACRE Resurgence

Massacre was formed in Tampa, Florida as long back as in 1984 and they released a few demos in the…
1186 Even Knudsen

DREAM THEATER A View From The Top Of The World

A View From The Top Of The World is the 15th full length album from prog metal veterans Dream…
1362 Even Knudsen

BLOOD RED THRONE Imperial Congregation

It’s time for a dose of Norwegian death metal again, as Blood Red Throne returns with their 10th…











The Staff

Playlist Edvardsen

Playlist Even Knudsen


Contact us


Follow Us:

facebook 32 twitter 32



Photos, articles and comments are owned by the poster. are not responsible for user content.


Copyright © 2020.


Online since 1999.


Log in

Login to your account

Username *
Password *
Remember Me