Vie Jester may be a new name and unknown quantity to you right now but if they continue producing offerings like Etches In Aether, they will soon become a heavily talked about and devoured proposition. Progressive and hard rock, alternative and melodic metal, they and more are all woven into the attention and imagination grabbing tracks five track proposal, a skilled and exciting tempest of diverse sounds uniting in one seriously compelling and thoroughly enjoyable encounter.
Vie Jester hail from L.A. and consist of vocalist/guitarist Kyle Edward Guerrero, bassist/vocalist Jaime Salas, and drummer/vocalist Cliff Conway. They cite influences such as Tool, Mastodon, Mars Volta, Kanivool, Soundgarden, Deftones, Queens of The Stone Age, Pantera and many more in their own creativity, that list alone hinting at the diversity of the band’s sound. 2013 saw the release of the three-track debut EP Cognisense, a seemingly well-received entrance by the band, but just the groundwork for the impressive Etches In Aether to now take things further
The EP swiftly has attention and appetite for its sounds awake and hungry through opener Saint. Electro like rubs tease initially, stimulating the imagination with their spicy textures as a mellow sigh of vocals caresses the senses. It is a striking and intriguing start soon leading to a bedlamic expulsion of voice and sound which in turn unlocks the heart and might of the song. A great throaty bassline emerges as even more flavoursome vocals add to the great start whilst rhythms strike with potent jabs and sonic enterprise continues to flirt with ears and thoughts. Equipped with a virulent chorus and an evolving array of creative spicery, the Tool meets Pigeon Lake sounding like track is simply outstanding, a glorious opening to the EP and broad introduction to the band.
Hollow Graffiti has it all to do to match such an immense start but is soon holding its own with another sparkling electronic like essence from the guitar of Guerrero setting things off. With a brooding yet feisty tone to the bass of Salas and punchy beats from Conway, the song casts its own unique and gripping creative narrative in sound and lyrical persuasion, more swift evidence of the variety filling the EP. Vocally the three unite to create Queens of The Stone Age sounding harmonies, inspirations again open but continuing adventure and ideation at the melodic heart of the song is a sonic exploration all Vie Jester.
The following Meridians enters on a prowl of a gait, its rhythmic muscles and intensity heavy but soon tempered by the colourful designs being unveiled by guitar and vocals. The song is a transfixing mix of imposing shadows and colour rich light in texture and character, the dark nature of bass and drums encroaching on the flames of the melodies and the warm seduction of the guitar igniting the track’s portentous corners. More of a slow burner than its predecessors, despite making an immediate thrilling impact, it grows to be another pungent example of the band’s potential and already established invention.
A mellower and almost jazzy climate wraps Dig It next, its air sultry and hazy whilst its core is a rich blaze of melodic intensity and vocal emotion. As in all the songs, there is also an infectiousness which oozes from every groove and rhythmic enticing but also from the more experimental aspects of songwriting and sound. It too takes a little more time to find the same place in thoughts and passions as those before but undoubtedly succeeds over time.
As it started Etches In Aether ends on a pinnacle, the release bookended by two major triumphs around nothing but exciting endeavours. Amplify slips in without any major declaration, almost worming its way into ears and affections sneakily but in no time has both enslaved. Vocals and melodies flame with intensity throughout its body whilst the bass discovers a grouchy snarl which only adds to the increasing drama and lure of the song, which itself is a temptation growing within ears and emotions with every note, harmony, and spark of imagination.
If any of the names referenced as inspirations above grab then Vie Jester should be a must investigation, though as Etches In Aether shows, you should not expect to hear anything particularly similar either. The band has its own creative agenda and one, as suggested earlier, with the promise of major rewards if more exciting releases like this are unleashed.
Etches In Aether is available now digitally @ https://viejester.bandcamp.com/album/etches-in-aether and physically via http://www.viejester.com/store
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