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

From Sorrow To Serenity – Antithesis


As ravenous and barbaric as a tornado but with the passionate insatiability of a tsunami, the Antithesis EP from Scottish metallers From Sorrow To Serenity is a striking ruthless ferocity wrapped in a scorching melodic elegance and rapacious imagination. Consisting of four merciless confrontations, the release is the debut of a band metal we will all be taking intensive attention of, if not now certainly in the near future as the Glasgow quintet build on their powerful and impressive entrance.

Formed in 2010 by the core of vocalist Fraser Smith alongside guitarists Steven Jones and Mark McInch, From Sorrow To Serenity  have earned a formidable reputation for their unbridled mesh of metalcore ripe with flames of progressive, groove, and technical metal; a colossal recipe which has fuelled their intensively impacting live show. Sharing stages with the likes of Memphis May Fire, Bleed From Within, Stray From The Path, The Color Morale and many more across Scotland, the band has continued to impress and strengthen their stature and explosive presence, bassist Andrew Simpson and drummer Matthew Cowie completing the potent line-up challenging and invigorating the senses. Following their recent successful showing at Techabilitation where the band played with the likes of Meta-stasis, Nexilva, Visions, and Aeolist, the Antithesis EP is the next heavy swipe at the nation, one you can only imagine leading the band to the strongest positive responses.

The title track instantly tells you all you need to know about From Sorrow To Serenity, Antithesis emerging from a sonic brew a0430344357_2designed by the guitars to launch a savage and riveting exploitation of the band’s craft and maliciousness. The track is a carnivore, riffs and rhythms a ravaging creative spite cloaked in a sonic seduction which scorches as it tempts. The technical enticement is equally as predacious and addictive, the band coaxing out a rapturous hunger for its towering and erosive presence whilst the vocals of Smith squall with as much animosity as that provided by the rhythms. It is a hypnotic fury completed with twisted grooves which swing with a compelling swagger from within the inventive and exciting maelstrom. The outstanding track never relinquishes being the finest moment on the release though it is constantly challenged by the remaining trio of songs.

The following Synergy approaches the ears with an electro cast ambience, an industrial lilted embrace not long alone as djent splintered rhythms and grooves encroach and prowl around the immersive evocative canvas. Into its full storm the song has less clarity to its individual elements than the first song but spawns intensive sonic smog which consumes and ignites the senses once again. It is a viscous encounter but one which flows with enticing ease as it intertwines aggressive rabidity and emotive suffocation into its exhausting melody stretched torrent.

Dead Reign is another to lend a gentle, in this case crystalline bait to lure the listener into a subsequent voracious furnace of intensity and emotional savagery. The track is a hypnotic and ferocious slab of sonic alchemy, an ever evolving passage of electronic shards and kisses, Middle Eastern promise, and melodic imagination which steals the passions within the similarly infectious violent abrasiveness and straight forward voracity. It is a masterful violation, a stunning and inventive blend of extremes and opposites merged into a sonic narrative which rivals the opener and is debatably the most creative confrontation on the EP.

The release is completed by i9, a track featuring Nexilva vocalist Gaz King. It is a barbarous challenge for the senses, the guitars and bass at their most uncivil yet refined on the release and the rhythms a blur of animosity and skilled intimidation. The track does not neglect the melodic hues the band has already shown they are accomplished at exploring either, the whole result a scintillating provocation for body and mind which backs up the immense promise and presence of the band.

There is little to temper the praise for Antithesis with, a slight lack of diversity from the vocals and a production which does submerge their delivery within the sonic tempest a little too much at times the only thing to be picky about. The EP is a powerful and incredibly weighty persuasion which declares From Sorrow To Serenity as a band to expect and anticipate a dominate future from.

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RingMaster 28/11/2013

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