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Aetherial

(Independent)

Reviewed by : Greg Pratt
Rating : 8.0

Even though this Houston-based band features the drummer for INSECT WARFARE, I was warned, explicitly, going into this to not expect crazy grind. And I'm glad I got that heads-up, because what you need to do is throw away any preconceptions before spinning Aetherial. Crazed grind it is absolutely, resolutely not: atmospheric, progressive, and difficult, it absolutely, resolutely is. So think MINDROT without the crushing heaviness or INTRONAUT without quite as much wandering prog parts. But they're there: the title track gets super progressive, and also super technical, but then also shows a great sense of simple dynamics. 'Primordial' gets wacky: suddenly I'm thinking about MR. BUNGLE or at least some kind of '90s alt metal. The alt reference shows up again during the soaring vocals, which show up throughout the album; they work well, except when they get a bit too CREED-y. On 'Only A Corpse', the band shows they can get simple, busting into a big groove, while closer 'Great Divide' is a super ending, combining groove, dynamics, melody, and atmosphere. While the long song lengths and intense amounts of forward-thinking technicality and progressiveness might be a bit much for some people, those looking for the latest boundary-pushing band just found it (and the great production, which really makes the drumming shine, only helps make the listening experience that much better). Couple next to the new Intronaut for the best one-two mind-melt punch of the year.



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