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Experimental/Post Metal

3.00 | 3 ratings

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Andy Webb
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3 stars Ethnic experimentation is like an acid trip with a sitar.

Aetheopia explorers Senmuth's more ambient and ethnic side of things. Completely unlike his debut Cognitive Discord, there is almost no industrial metal filler or scratchy nonrhythmic and distorted instruments. This album was actually fun to listen to. The odd instruments used, the creative rhythms, the general ambiance of the music is very creative and can be very relaxing and, in a good way, haunting.

Africa is a great opener, featuring oddly misplaced Asian instruments and melodies. The rhythms, however, easily can be traced back to African descent. A great ethnic track.

Axum is a more African track, even featuring some ethnic Australian like beats. The music has all together a nice rhythm, with eerie melodic sections.

Eritrea is a more upbeat and fun rhythmic track, featuring more odd percussion and ethnic instruments. The melody is odd and exciting, with even a more pop based feel. A great track overall.

Omo has a more Native American ethnic feel, with some primitive percussion and flute soloing.

Lalibela is another Native American like track, with some "Asian fusion." More ethnic instruments are used with creative rhythm beats again.

Dungur has a more Far East feel than the others, with an Asian percussion feel also.

Awasa is a more African song this time, using creative and traditional African polyrythmic beats with great effect. The song takes a little while to build and doesn't change much.

Thaka Mariam is one of the more creative songs on a creative album, adding a bit of choral work as well as creative percussion beats. The dynamics and feel of the song change a few times throughout the song, making it one of the better tracks on the album. This song is also the only song to feature an actual guitar solo, which is a great change of pace.

Nobatia starts slow but builds into a writhing, changing, and very creative song. Another great track on this surprising album.

Tiya, the closer, has a much more ambient feel than the other bombastic ethnic fusion songs. This song also has a guitar solo, which is creative and different from the rest. A great track also.

ALBUM OVERALL: Aethepoia is a very creative album that greatly differs from his other industrial metal albums, which, in my opinion, are not even in the slightest good. Every song has a creative percussion beat, which, as a drummer, is a great change of pace from traditional drum kit work. Definitely a great album. Even though the ethnic tracks are obviously from some kind of keyboard, I like that kind of sound. 3+ stars

Andy Webb | 3/5 |


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