every now and then debut talented bands with surprising artistic solutions
proving an already developed proper style, say 4/5 out of 100,
and this is just one of them.
From Miass, in the Urals, comes this 5-piece with an 8-track demo-CD
which could be shortly defined Symphonic tragic metal, but there're
also elegant elements and several special contributions from the keyboardist
that you'll need a listen with your earphones not to lose any details.
The first recorded song is also the title track, where main female opera
vocals, dramatic and pompous, interlace with classical arrangements;
the music includes some Gothic characteristics but it's far more elaborated
and the breaks are heavier than in a typical band of that genre. There's
a lot of melody too, and maybe we shoud suppose Saviour Machine and
Queensryche belong to the background of the Russians.
In "Prayer" the guitars are more present, testifying
a harder direction of the band in recent times, but I admit I like "Queen
of Snows" even more,probably thanks to the horrific keys opening
it and the mysterious feeling within it. The demonic whispered male
vocals are nothing but a bright idea that preludes to a final Black
metal fugue. Astonishing stuff, you can bet on that!
After the long but not complex "Treasure Hunter", in
which splendid bass lines entwined with royal keyboards are conspicuous,
we're witnesses of the original manner the Aerium interpret Power/Speed
metal with "Sentinel", another of their older songs.
As for the romantic "Wanderer", Veronika sings lower
than her usual soprano levels but turns out to be extremely sensual;
this composition is enriched by airy combinations of percussions, violins
and cellos, the five musicians are proud of showing us a hell of surprises
within just a single composition.
What strikes the most is the lack of the typical structure of a song,
as depicted by "Midnight", full of precious hints and
with otherworldly male vocals appearing again for few seconds, excellently
opposed to the trillings, and especially by "On the Pier",
although the drum patterns keep within 8/4 and 3/4 only, whereas they
would need more dynamism; on the other hand, this composition doesn't
have to be undervalued, as it embodies the best vocals of the record.
The inspiration is lively, what they require now is a label that may
supply them with the maximum potentialities of the recordings, necessary
when you are dealing with a style rich of sound layers and details like
theirs. Besides this, every fan of Symphonic, Gothic, Prog or Melodic
metal had better order a copy of this disk.
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 20th December 2005