Two things hit home right away once you commence on Aealo. First, the record is intense like dark, hotly spiced chocolate consumed with ruby red wine and – second – it is not Black Metal. At least not in a proper sense. Okay, nothing new there, as even the powers that be officially called Rotting Christ Dark or Extreme Metal back in 2010.
And in truth, the Black Metal thing only (kind of) came back with the 2016 album Rituals. Despite the fact that the band hastened to state that this newest record would encompass all kinds of rituals. Weird ones and weirder ones still. That is not to say that Aealo does not include Black Metal elements, it does – extensively so. But you will find many more elements of other styles exist on this record. In addition, the band added some archaic instruments and a bunch of guest musicians to spice things up some. [...]