Aeolist – Self Titled EP


Enveloped in a rapidly brewing buzz for their emerging presence and sound, UK progressive metallers Aeolist offers prime evidence as to why with their debut self-titled EP. A four track tempest of aggressive enterprise, malevolent invention, and incendiary imagination, the release not only captures attention, it enslaves it in a web of fiery intrigue and skilful sonic manipulation. The scary thing is that as impressive and thrilling as the promise soaked EP is, their sound still is not the finished article which makes the future releases, creativity, and horizons of the band mouth-watering.

A band still in its infancy, the Norwich quintet of vocalist Bradley Gallagher, guitarists Billy Phillips and Tom Ferguson, bassist Paul Willson, and drummer Toby Mills sculpt an exciting blend of technical and progressive metal with multiple flames from jazz to groove metal, blues to ambient rock, each track on their first release employing a potent mix which favours no particular style but embraces all. Aeolist has been compared to the likes of The Contortionist, Protest the Hero, and Between the Buried and Me by some, which is easy to understand as the EP uncages its ingenuity and though arguably the quartet of tracks are not exactly delivering anything ground breaking they all come with a unique breath belonging to the band.

With each song simply titled by rising roman numerals, the whole release is one immersive soundscape, each track though Aeolist.coverindividuals feeding into and inspiring the heart of the next. Equally the songs can be taken and are as effective alone but for the fullest intrusive pleasure the EP should be taken in one inciting mouthful for the fullest results. Opener I is an immediate creative fury upon the senses, riffs rampaging with unbridled lust matched by the rhythms whilst acidic sonic spirals from the guitars lash the air, all easily enticing an instant appetite for the encounter. The squalling caustic delivery of Gallagher vents exhaustingly from within the torrential consumption of ears and imagination and as the song steps into a slower evocative sonic drift, the band coaxes thoughts to add their own interpretation whilst the excellent bass sound from Willson and the roving rhythms of Mills craft an irresistible frame for the guitars to hang their inventive searing from. It is an impressive introduction to the release and Aeolist which continues to twist and writhe with passion and inventive voracity, every aspect and member conjuring an irrepressible and addictive adventure to unite in one scintillating opening.

The following II from its first breath carves out a predatory dark prowl and rabidity to its presence, one soon exploding into a savage confrontation littered with technical spite and temptation. A spreading of its intent and gait as in the first song ensures the track is a riveting exploit from start to finish and when it steps away from the hunt to bring a passage of jazz funk and grooved melodic wantonness into the journey, the song ignites another belt of hunger further accentuated when it returns to an even more bestial rapaciousness.

That unpredictable and skilfully blended ingenuity and richly textured flavouring makes as potent an impact in III. Again initial contact is a predacious onslaught, rhythms impossibly vindictive and guitars spiteful antagonists alongside the ever corrosive delivery of Gallagher. It is a thrilling tsunami of intensity and sound which as it progresses invites virulently addictive grooves and a wealth of continually shifting riffery, technical persuasion, and fearsome imagination to work on the ears, all drawing the listener towards the gentle yet haunted elegant finale of guitar which then bleeds into the final track. Though again it is a song which treats the listener to a landscape of passion fuelled, thought provoking creativity, the eleven minute IV impresses but fails to reap the same ardour and greed for its presence as its predecessors. There is a dark gloom to it and despite parading an evolving invention and weave of ideas feels dulled in comparison to the other songs and personally works better taken away from the EP. Despite that it still only adds to the cement confirming Aeolist as one highly promising and already impressive bands.

With the only other niggle being a lack of variety to the admittedly very good vocal attack of Gallagher, a diversity to match the sounds a future temptation we hope for, Aeolist’s debut EP is a masterful and potential soaked adventure. With you suspect a complete uniqueness waiting in the wings to truly set the band apart from those earlier mentioned, expect to find Aeolist forging some unforgettable alchemy ahead if their EP is any indication.

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RingMaster 05/12/2013

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