CD review CB3 ‘Aeons’

CB3, or in other word Charlotta’s Burning Trio, is hailing from Malmö, Sweden and their music was compared already with the mighty King Crimson. Media described them as “The King Crimson of Malmö” and some parallels can’t be dednied.

CB3 has with ‘Aeons’ a new album in the starting blocks and it’s as great as it is complex and multi-layered. The trio from Southern Sweden is merging different styles on an album that solely carries instrumental songs. Each of those has a solid length and reminds more of a planned jam session.

‘Acid Haze’ is the centerpiece of this 33 minutes long record. Down-tuned guitars lead off the song and create an atmosphere of melancholy right away. The album isn’t a happy flow release. Its mainly build on slower to slo-mo riffs, like in ‘Acid Haze. A psychedelic expression gets amplified by partly hypnotic sound patterns and infinite solo parts. Right in time and before dreaming away in gloomy lala-land a tempo break shakes you awake before Space Rock-like sounds accompanies you to the end of this instrumental Rock mammoth.

The following ‘Warrior Queen’ feels light-hearted compared to the intense ‘Acid Haze’, not diverting though from the general principle of space guitars and heavy beats. Last but not least a saxophone adds a special vibe to ‘Apocalypse’, the last track on this release.

‘Aeons’ belongs to the kind of records that scream for attention. You can’t listen to the album just like that. You have to dedicate time and space to this longplayer. The Malmö-based trio has put too much blood, sweat and tears into this album to just let it spin as background music. These five songs demand earphones and 33 minutes of time to unveil their dark beauty. As a reward you will find an entrance to a cosmic world of dreams.

Rating: 8 out of 10.


1. Zodiac
2. Sonic Blaze
3. Acid Haze
4. Warrior Queen
5. Apocalypse

Label: The Sign Records

Genre: Psychedelic Instrumental Rock

Release Date EU: February 28th, 2020


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