Once Them Edens are a band from Greece that plays a very progressive, avant garde and experimental form of death metal and this is a review of their 2013 album "The Year Is One" which was released by Satanath Records.
A very dark ambient sound starts off the album along with some spoken word parts and whispers in the background and after a minute clean playing is added onto the recording and the music also gets very experimental and avant garde and at times and once the music gets heavy it goes for more of a prog metal sound.
All of the musical instruments on the recording have a very powerful sound to them while also adding in melodic riffs and leads at times and the songs also alternate between both clean and heavy parts quite a bit throughout the recording and the music also adds in a great amount of jazz music influences.
Death metal growls and black metal screams are added into some parts of the songs along with a great portion of the tracks being very long and epic in length and the music also gets very atmospheric at times and when the music speeds up briefly a small amount of blast beats can be heard and as the album progresses the music starts getting more technical and there is also a brief use of acoustic guitars.
One Them Edens plays a style of prog metal that is very technical, experimental and avant garde while also bringing in the heaviness of death metal and a touch of black metal to create an original style of their own, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover dark themes.
In my opinion Once Them Edens are a very great sounding avant garde, progressive death metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Penance Concrete" and "The Gospel Grotesque". 8 out of 10.