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Aerialis – Dear Silence

Aerialis
Dear Silence
by Phil Tyler at 11 April 2022, 7:39 AM

AERIALIS are an Italian Electro-Metal band who formed in 2020. “Dear Silence” is their debut album and is self-released. AERIALIS promote themselves as “Dear Silence” being an alternative metal album, influenced by electronics and 80’s sound, but with a dark and modern vibe. It’s a pretty good description of their sound which starts well with “Mine”. Ominous electronics introduce the song before electronic guitar is joined by a crushing rhythm and pounding drums. Vocally it’s a great song and Simone’s vocals reminded me of a cross between ALICE IN CHAINS and VISIONS OF DISORDER particularly in the chorus. The production is heavy and sounds great. This was definitely one of my favourite songs on the album.

The chorus on the title track “Dear Silence” has a definite SPINESHANK vibe but generally I didn’t think the vocals were as strong on this track and the song failed to grab me so was a bit disappointing after the strength of the opening track. Same with “Digital Wall” which has some good dual vocals in the verse but was generally forgettable with an average chorus which didn’t grab me at all. “Electroniria” starts with a bass and electronic intro before giving way to a nice melodic rhythm. The verse is a particular highlight which grooves nicely on a bass and electronic rhythm. Though the chorus fails to connect and sounds a bit dirge, a lead guitar gives way to a cool keyboard sound before returning to the chorus.

“Ghost” starts with an electronic guitar sound and gives way to a nice melodic chugging riff. I liked the chorus to this track and the vocals worked well. Electronics and distorted vocals open up “On My Shoulders” before a nice fast rhythm guitar drives the song forwards. I really like the dynamics on this track and the electronics work well. Definitely one of the stronger tracks. The 80s vibe is captured perfectly on “Catch The Fox” with a gentle tinkle piano introducing the track. Then the 80s come riffing on the back of a “Final Countdown” keyboard riff which for some reason irritated the hell out of me. Maybe it’s hearing EUROPE’s “Final Countdown” every year for the past many years. Didn’t like the track but it captured the 80s for sure. However, it just sounds dated and out of place on the album.

“Time to Shine” ends the album well with a dark ominous vibe to the verse before the chorus kicks in with a background vocal that sounds like Fred Durst of LIMP BIZKIT. Then it speeds into a heavier vein with distorted vocals. It’s a strong sounding track which I really liked and wished was longer. It’s been a while since I’ve heard any new band that combines electronics with heavy riffs so it did make a refreshing change. However, it is a bit of a mixed bag with some songs that really gel well together but others that fail to impress. However, the production is very good and the electronic element is used well. The rhythm guitar, drums and bass all create a nice punchy sound and it sounds great.

Also this is AERIALIS’s “Dear Silence” album and is a decent effort. With more consistent songwriting then the band could do well.

Songwriting: 6
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 6
Production: 9

3 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Mine
2. Dear Silence
3. Digital Wall
4. Electroniria
5. Ghost
6. On My Shoulders
7. Catch The Fox
8. Time To Shine
Lineup:
Fabio Tats – Bass
Luca Cocconi – Guitars
Simone Sighinolfi – Vocals
Record Label: Independent
     


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Edited 28 November 2022
 

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