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3.06 | 24 ratings | 3 reviews | 4% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2011

Songs / Tracks Listing

01. Northumbria
02. The Awakening
03. Dire Need
04. The Penal Colony
05. Without A Sound
06. Celui Qui
07. Exchanger Prague
08. The Peace Path
09. Sounds Good

Line-up / Musicians

- Ellsworth (keyboards / vocals / guitar)
- Mark Van Natta (guitars / vocals
- Erik Marks (bass)
- Chris Marks (guitar)
- Joseph Dwyer (sax)
- Mike Harrington (drums)

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CD Melodic Revolution Records

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AETHELLIS Northumbria ratings distribution

(24 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(4%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(29%)
Good, but non-essential (50%)
Collectors/fans only (17%)
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Review by Progulator
3 stars Aethellis is a band that's kind of everywhere in their approach to symphonic rock, but there's always the constant of great songwriting. "Northumbria" is an album full of great melody and atmosphere with production that pleases the ear. The organs sound absolutely fantastic, as do all other synths. The drums sound very live, and although not mind blowing, everything just sounds pleasing all around. Not just pleasing, but memorable. The beginning of "Awakening" starts with some really sick arpeggiator and electronic drumkit with a synth bass that just rocks my world. "Dire Need" made me smile with some great 80's synth trumpet that was actually used in a really good way. About four minutes into "The Penal Colony" my mind got blown with the heavy synth percussion full of little blips and ringing and the like, and then sent me through a trip as it suddenly gots impossibly dark. From rockin' Hammond riffs to gospel choirs and synth driven prog, "Northumbria" had my attention from beginning to end.
Review by andrea
2 stars Northumbria is the second album by Aethellis, an American band based in Baltimore, Maryland and it was released in 2011 with a line up featuring Ellsworth Hall (keyboards, vocals, guitar) along with Mark Van Natta (guitars, vocals), Erik Marks (bass), Chris Marks (guitar), Joseph Dwyer (sax) and Mike Harrington (drums). Well, you can find here some good ideas while the band try to blend catchy pop melodies with prog influences and funk but in my opinion the final result is in some way poisoned by an excess of sleek, synthetic sounds and irritating drum machines that risks to spoil the pleasure of listening... In fact, although on their website they mention among their influences bands such as Yes, Genesis, Alan Parsons or Camel, on this album the overall sound draws more on the eighties works of the aforementioned bands than on the vibes from the halcyon days of prog.

The opener title track is emblematic. According to the liner notes it's an epic piece inspired by the battle of Heavenfield, fought in 634 between a Northumbrian army led by Oswald of Bernicia and a Welsh army under the command of Cadwallon ap Cadfan of Gwynedd. It starts in a very promising way: harmony vocals a cappella, roaring keyboards surges alternating with calm, dreamy passages... Then, after six minutes, surprise! The music incredibly veers to cheesy synth pop for other five minutes. The other tracks flow away without infamy and without praise, jumping and turning around echoes of Genesis pop period and sweet melodies. It's a pity, because I feel that this band have a good potential and unexpressed talent to showcase... Anyway, if you like bands such as Toto or Asia have a try! You can listen to the complete album on bandcamp...

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5 stars Like some other reviewers I feel that one of the major improvements of this album from the first are the vocals. They were fine on the eponymously titled album, but on Northumbria they are powerful and multi-tracked to Heaven! Soaring, choral harmonies predominate on several tracks, particularly "No ... (read more)

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