Swedish death metal overlords AEON have issued the following update:
“As we stated a couple of weeks ago, Arttu Malkki [drums] decided to take a longer break from the band to focus on his family and their newborn twins. Emil Wiksten [BLOOD RED THRONE] stepped in as temporary replacement for him and did his first stage appearance with us during our recently finished UK/Ireland headline tour.
“Besides being a real nice and easy dude, Emil delivered a killer performance each night and he shows a great deal of passion for his drumming. And with our recently released album ‘Aeons Black’, there is a lot of good things coming our way and we felt that we needed to have a solid lineup where everyone in the band is involved and has the same goal. AEON really needs to be everyone’s top priority and you can’t obviously expect a temporary drummer to prioritize a band that he is not a member of, so therefore we gave Emil the opportunity to fill the spot permanently, which he gladly accepted.
“So with this we would like to thank Arttu for his time in the band and we wishes him all the best with his new family. And now, let’s raise the horns and welcome the mighty Emil Wiksten to the AEON family as our new permanent drummer.”
Wiksten made his live debut with AEON on January 16 at Garage in in London, England.
AEON released its fourth studio offering, “Aeons Black”, on November 20 via Metal Blade Records. The mammoth 15-track effort was recorded at Empire Studio in Östersund, Sweden, engineered, mixed and mastered by Ronnie Björnström (Garageland Studios) and featuring cover art by Kristian “Necrolord” Wåhlin (BATHORY, AT THE GATES, DISSECTION, EMPEROR).
Commented guitarist Zeb Nilsson: “This is definitely our most varied album to date; it has heavier songs, yet it also has lots of fast blastbeats and double bass drumming. It’s groovier this time, which I think we lacked on our last album, ‘Path Of Fire’, which was fast-paced almost all the way through. That, and the amazing mix by Ronnie Björnström, makes me feel pretty confident that this album will appeal to more people than our previous albums. And no, we have not gone softer in any aspect; it’s just easier to catch with all this grooviness. It’s metal right up your ass!”
On January 19, Neuweltmusic conducted an interview with the AEON at The Pint in Dublin, Ireland. You can watch the chat below.