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Aegos – The Great Burst of Light

Aegos
The Great Burst of Light
by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at 20 June 2021, 7:50 AM

Collectively drawing inspiration from Progressive, Extreme, Doom, Sludge and Post Metal, AEGOS combines sonic intensity with the air of gaze-like texture and minimalism. Despite all the weight of sounds, the infusion of subtle electronics, classical and jazz in AEGOS' sound proposes moments of fragility and sensitivity. “The Great Burst of Light” emerges in 2021 offering AEGOS’ debut effort. This first contribution to the vast universe of heavy music depicts an array of ambiance, noise and melody. AEGOS presents a near 50-minute journey through the fierce and quiet cosmos through emotive and atmospheric heavy music. The album contains five tracks.

“An Interstellar Observe” opens the album. It begins with some ambiance and clean guitars. A hopeful tone builds. Some spoken word comes in as well. From there, a heavy dissonance develops, along with some harsh vocals. “The Stillbeing” is a nine-minute beast, beginning with more of those ambient tones that sound like they are coming from the far recesses of the universe. Clean vocals, guitars and thick bass notes lead the charge. Harsh vocals come in, along with distorted guitars. Drums roll in, and the entire song becomes shrouded in darkness. It drops to clean guitar notes and spoken word, before picking back up with a vengeance.

“Chaos and Nebulous” is another lengthy song, but the heavy and aggressive sound is there in the beginning. The lumbering pace makes for a depressive listening experience. Just before the half-way mark, the sound drops to clean, melancholy guitars and bass. But, the heaviness returns and continues through the end. “Qualia” is just under eleven-minutes in length. It opens with some soft, whispered vocals and background environment. Drums and bass are slow and steady at first, as the vocals pick up a little. Weighted guitars come in and crush everything in sight. Eerie background noises keep springing up here and there.

“Gravity Bending Light” closes the album, and it’s an opus, clocking in at over 13-minutes. Eerie, sterile tones lead to a more traditional riff. The harsh vocals are absolutely intense. A thicker sound develops, with harrowing tones. Those soft cello notes and spoken words are sure nice as well. It gives off a care-free feeling for several minutes. It picks back up with pulverizing guitars, bass and drums, and raging vocals, with an ominous ending, capping off a very enjoyable listening experience.

This was truly an excellent album…combining several sub-genres of Metal. A central theme is this dark ambiance that hangs in the background, and elements that sound like they come from outer space. Melancholy and depressive in nature, all of these odd but pleasing background sounds give the album a unique twist. It’s definitely heavy enough for Metalheads the world over, but the combination of all of these other elements keep the album interesting and intriguing. Overall, a very well-done slab of Metal.

Songwriting: 9
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 8
Production: 8

Purchase Link:

https://aegosmusic.bandcamp.com/releases

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. An Interstellar Observe
2. The Stillbeing
3. Chaos and Nebulous
4. Qualia
5. Gravity Bending Light
Lineup:
Jei Doublerice – Vocals
Bruce Lamont – Saxophone
Chelsea Murphy – Vocals
Carolyn Regula – Cello
Annastatsea – Spoken Word
Record Label: Independent
     


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