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Aberrant Vascular


Progressive Metal

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3 stars An enticing glimpse

To date, Finnish band ABERRANT VASCULAR have recorded just two demo EPs. Released in 2004, "Actaeon" is the first of these and consists of two tracks. The band centres around the trained operatic vocals of Lumi and the keyboards of ex Kalman Varjot member Mr. Rych.

The band's style is described in their biography as "Operatic Avantgarde Metal", perhaps conjuring images of bands such as RHAPSODY and NIGHTWISH. Such comparisons are certainly valid, especially as far as Rhapsody are concerned. The first track, " De te Fabula Narratur" has alternating growling and operatic male vocals on top of swirling orchestral synths. The vocals are slightly too far back in the mix, but the track is certainly striking, with numerous changes of pace and melody. At times the sound becomes chaotic, but is quickly drawn back in.

"Ekpyrosis" is a slightly slower but still metallic piece with tinkling piano, and a fine vocal performance by Lumi. Here, guitarist Sade (no not the "Smooth Operator"!) is afforded more space, with a decent solo. The track plays out with a slower symphonic keyboards and guitar section before the frantic conclusion.

" Actaeon" offers an enticing glimpse of a band who clearly have much potential, it is to be hoped that they get around to recording a full album soon.

This EP will be of interest to those who appreciate bands such as OPETH, THERION, and RHAPSODY. It is currently available for free download at the bands official site, linked to from their Progarchives page.

Easy Livin | 3/5 |


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