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Aether Void - Cure of Life

Aether Void
Cure of Life
by Jack Lynch at 22 May 2019, 2:20 AM

AETHER VOID is a heavy metal band from Modena, Italy created out of former group No Way Out, who released a single and an EP in 2017 respectfully. According to the band’s biography, their debut release “Cure of Life” features three of the former members, Alberto Lugari (Drums), Davide Brusini (Bass) and Erik Marzocchini (Guitar) as well as newcomers Salvatore De Matteo (vocals) and Nicolò Bondioli on lead guitar. AETHER VOID’s overall classic 70’s and 80’s metal sound recalls Iron Maiden or Anthem, with the occasional modern metal riff making an appearance.  Tracks such as “Golden Blood”, “What You Reap and Deserve”, “The Eternal City” demonstrate some creative guitar work and breakneck double base pedal. “Twisted Maze” is the highlight track of this album and showcases everything the band can do well, punchy classic guitar riffs and operatic vocals.

Unfortunately, there are times when the vocals are not as strong as they could be; lacking a kind of fullness the instruments bring to the table. While classic in approach, style, and substance, Salvatore De Matteo’s vocals don’t yet hit the levels of a Robert Halford or a Bruce Dickinson, but perhaps I’m asking too much.  “One Last Down” is an identity shift that takes a slower ballad approach and doesn’t quite fit with the rest of the album.  While the music on “Hoax” and “Faithless Crusade” again demonstrative some catchy, creative guitar riffs, the overall package doesn’t stand out, and at a certain point repetitiveness begins to sneak in. This isn’t to say there aren’t moments of greatness. One of the stronger tracks “Misleading Promises” cuts along at breakneck speed not unlike DRAGONFORCE, and even has a tasty middle section highlighting bassist Davide Brusini’s talents. “Death Wish” showcases cuts of growling background vocals and off time guitars that is the best example of how the band can creatively mix the old with the new. Unfortunately, the lead vocals do very little to expand on this.

While AETHER VOID do a respectable job within their genre, I wasn’t particularly blown away by any one song. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of “old-school”, and in this metal review world perhaps my ears have been callused by an overly saturated landscape of computerized-Djenty-Metal-Progcore that’s equal parts Red Bull and ADHD.  If that’s the case, my perception is in the wrong. AETHER VOID is a welcome sound for those fans of classic metal or at the very least those looking to rehash the sound of metal’s past. However, even those individual listeners may struggle to find a memorable experience beyond one or two songs.

Songwriting: 8
Originality: 6
Memorability: 5
Production: 6

3 Star Rating

1. Walking Down the Path (Intro)
2. Golden Blood
3. What You Reap and Deserve
4. Twisted Maze
5. One Last Dawn
6. Hoax
7. Faithless Crusade
8. Misleading Promises
9. Death Wish
10. The Eternal City
11. Angels Die Too
Thore - Vocals
Bond - Lead Guitar
Erik - Rhythm Guitar
Bruso - Bass
Albi - Drums
Record Label: Revalve Records


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Edited 26 November 2022

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