The Untamed Wilderness
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Listening to AETHERIAN for the first time makes you think the band would come from Finland or Sweden, but the trio in fact is from sunny shores of Greece. Even with a Southern heritage and much more Vitamin D in their veins the band from Athens share the same melancholic genes as their 'competitors' from the upper North. With the sound the band is creating we are very sure AETHERIAN will be playing in the first league of melodic death metal bands very soon.
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Then we have the songs which pound you into the dirt with their driving rhythms one minute then have throwing your fists into the air the next. From the opening refrains of Wish of Autumn Twilight, Aetherian sets its stall out early: a melodic piano-led intro gives way to a driving song full of heart and feeling. This is a band in full command of its sound and whilst it isn’t anything particularly groundbreaking, Aetherian’s songs will live long in the memory due to their melodic structure, powerful production, great vocals and memorable musicianship. Leakos’ vocals are quite high in the mix. I believe that this is a great move as his delivery is inspired. I’ve sometimes found death metal vocals to be too low, becoming suffocated by the relentless blasts of the instruments around them. Not so here.
The Untamed Wilderness is simply full of great melodic death metal. The melodies are frequent and songs have equal moments featuring crushing blastbeats alongside sweeping atmospheric passages. Most of the tracks are 5 minutes plus in length giving the songs ample time to transition between the heavy and melodic. Some of the longer tracks possibly hinting at a more proggy direction that I’d love the band to explore further.
Personal highlights include the opener, Wish of Autumn Twilight, Dark Earth with its crushing climax, lead single, The Rain for its driving rhythm and the excellent Seeds Of Deception which looks to encapsulate everything that is good about Aetherian. I’m blown away by this record. The Greeks have anounced their arrival in the melodeath genre in some style. If you enjoy the works of any of the before-mentioned bands then you really need to give these guys a listen. The Untamed Wilderness is an outstanding album!