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3.35 | 27 ratings | 5 reviews | 12% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 2003

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Tie And Handkerchief (7:15)
2. Saint Augustus (8:28)
3. Hubris (7:39)
4. Portal (7:20)
5. Djibouti (5:22)
6. Final Affinity (11:45)

Total Time: 47:49

Line-up / Musicians

- Ellsworth Hall / Keyboards, guitars, vocals and digital drums.

Releases information

CD Affinity Music #AML-CD-30

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AETHELLIS Aethellis ratings distribution

(27 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(12%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(42%)
Good, but non-essential (35%)
Collectors/fans only (12%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by b_olariu
3 stars Aethellis = Ellsworth Hall

Aethellis is a project of Ellsworth Hall , a classically traind keybordist and piano virtuoso who released a single album so far in 2003 at Affinity Music. Ellsworth Hall plays here at everything is to be heared on this labum, from keys, vocals, guitar to drums, so a realy solo album. This name and this project was unknown to me untill 2 years ago when I've discoverd him. Well, what to say something between neo prog, maybe the lighter side but still very much uptempo in places and some popy elements added, very melodic with lush keys on top. The vocals he made is realy mediocre, he has no voice, not irritaiting but forgetable, the rest of the instruments are ok, specialy the keys are most important here, but also the guitar has his share, but not spectacular in any sense. The keys sound intristing in places with a happy atmosphere on some pieces Tie And Handkerchief or Djibouty, the best tracks from here, the rest are ok. In the end , this Aethellis get a moderate succes in prog circles, still unknown for many, well I don't think he will became more popular than he is today, not because the music is bad, but to the lack of realy solid songwritting. Still pleasent to be listened from time to time, nothing spectacular or special but enjoyble, 3 stas, good but totaly non essential work. Similar with Jadis, at some point Pendragon or '80's Camel.

Review by apps79
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2 stars Aethellis started as a one-man project during the millenium by American keyboardist Ellsworth Hall.Hall has been a huge prog lover since his youth and was also a member of a few prog projects back in the 80's and 90's.The lack of progress regarding the recordings of an album with his last band forced Hall to come up with the Aethellis project, while some of the material he recorded for this solo effort dates back in the 80's.The seld-released CD ''Aethellis'' came out in 2003.

Hall handles all instruments and vocal lines in this album and, as with many one-man projects, some of his music parts are nice, while others lack the professionalism of a normal band.His overall style falls into the accesible keyboard-based prog category with an undoubtful 80's feeling throughout and strong AOR hints here and there.The compositions range from symphonic passages and Neo-Prog tastes to Melodic Rock and cliche AOR ballads.Hall's keyboard work is the one that shines through this release.Fast piano paces and fine interludes, good synth passages and some decent solos are likely to please fans of keyboard/piano-driven musicianship.The few organ appearances have also a strong WAKEMAN-ish flavor and most of the melodies are listenable.On the other hand this album suffers from a number of flaws.The songwriting is decent but not great, some of the synth parts sound really cheap, the guitars are hardly recognizable, while the biggest problem seems to be the over-plastic drum machines.Even Hall's voice does not set a candidacy for the best singer around, still it suits well enough with the music.

If Hall had managed to set a regular band and record this album in a professional basis it would have sounded a lot better, no question.For the time being ''Aethellis'' seems a work strictly created for fans of Neo Prog or 80-sounding synth Art Rock and this is the audience I would recommend to check out this effort...2.5 stars.

Latest members reviews

4 stars Prog Purists Beware, Catchy Hooks Abound! And yet... And yet you will find lovely passages in 7/4 and 17/8, the oft-cited rather jarring polytriads, and numerous modulations ("Saint Augustus"). "Hubris" continues the journey with danceable rhythms and funky guitar yet balances these with quarta ... (read more)

Report this review (#243849) | Posted by bdenim | Friday, October 9, 2009 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Let me say that this album touched me in so many ways. Aethellis manages to mix a decent blend of concept and melody with a synth / groove / layering of keys that had me wondering who I was listening to. There is very early Genesis, mid life Asia and a more recent John Young all included with ... (read more)

Report this review (#24930) | Posted by | Thursday, May 27, 2004 | Review Permanlink

5 stars 80s sounding yet the progressive elements are subtly embroidered into the pop music fabric. Think Tony Banks of Genesis meets the Alan Parsons Project with some newer grooves and sounds. Some songs (particularly "Saint Augustus") have a poppy feel; yet the extended song forms, asymmetrical meters an ... (read more)

Report this review (#24929) | Posted by | Wednesday, March 31, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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