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SITHU AYE

Progressive Metal • United Kingdom


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Sithu Maung Maung Aye - Born on June 26, 1990 (Glasgow, UK)

SITHU AYE is an up-and-coming progressive metal artist who has been recording and releasing music since 2011. Inspired by the likes of artists like Paul GILBERT, John PETRUCCI, Steve VAI, ANIMALS AS LEADERS, PERIPHERY, DREAM THEATER, Guthrie GOVAN and TESSERACT, AYE has been pushing the boundaries of guitar-driven metal music while growing as an instrumentalist and artist.

Despite his young age and relatively short career, the young instrumentalist have managed to release quite a few albums and EPs. Recommended to fans of modern progressive metal music.

Biography by Rune2000

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4.77 | 12 ratings
Cassini
2011
4.71 | 17 ratings
Invent the Universe
2012
4.00 | 18 ratings
Set Course For Andromeda
2016
4.25 | 4 ratings
Homebound
2018
3.73 | 21 ratings
Senpai III
2021

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4.83 | 6 ratings
Isles
2012
4.71 | 7 ratings
26
2013
4.86 | 7 ratings
Pulse
2014
4.29 | 7 ratings
Senpai EP 「先輩EP」
2015
4.50 | 2 ratings
Senpai EP II: The Noticing
2017

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 Senpai III by AYE, SITHU album cover Studio Album, 2021
3.73 | 21 ratings

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Senpai III
Sithu Aye Progressive Metal

Review by ssmarcus

3 stars Count me as one of those people who thinks grown men really should have better and more appropriate things to do with their time than consuming or engaging with anime productions and culture, particularly the kind of anime that deals with teenage girl drama in high school, even IF it is meant to be taken tongue- in-cheek. And yet despite my reservations, Sithu Aye's latest musical foray into this uncomfortable territory demanded my attention. Sithu is an immensely talented musician and producer and, from the looks of it, a pretty relatable person as well. If anime is what really tickles his creative bone, then we must leave the master (get it?) to do his thing.

With all this said, on the less than a handful of occasions I engaged with anime material in my youth that wasn't Pokeman, the one element that stuck out to me in a positive way was, indeed, the music. It was undoubtedly commercial but was invested with a seriousness and sincerity that was not shared by the music produced for say American television. Senpai III definitely captures this by utilizing the same jazzy pop chords and memorable hooks you could expect to hear on some anime credit outro. Of course coupled with Sithu's incomparable guitar chops and you really get a very serious and enjoyable piece of art on this record. There is nothing revolutionary or world changing here but worthwhile nevertheless.

 Senpai III by AYE, SITHU album cover Studio Album, 2021
3.73 | 21 ratings

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Senpai III
Sithu Aye Progressive Metal

Review by bartymj

4 stars Someone with a greater understanding/appreciation of Japanese anime/manga/culture will be able to do this far more justice than me, but here's a little review anyway. "Senpai" loosely translates as a mentor, teacher, or elder in Japanese, generally related to the transfer of knowledge and wisdom. This is Sithu Aye's third installment of the Senpai series, with two previous shorter EPs.

The music itself is very well mixed, and as you'd expect given the genre would fit very well as a soundtrack - its more of a fusion between J-Rock/Pop styles and prog, than simply progressive metal. Not too familiar with today's Japanese music and anime, although much of my childhood was spent watching Pokemon, and it would certainly fit with that. Sithu Aye has actually written a full novella to go with this album. I will confess to not having read it, and just listening to the album on its own. I very much enjoyed it, and it is the sole reason why I'd be open to listening to more anime soundtracks in future. Hopefully someone who is inclined to will review the album alongside the Novella too.

I'm can't rate this among the 5-star prog elite, but simply because it has opened a door to a slightly different genre of enjoyable music, this is well worth calling an excellent addition to a prog collection.

 Senpai III by AYE, SITHU album cover Studio Album, 2021
3.73 | 21 ratings

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Senpai III
Sithu Aye Progressive Metal

Review by JohnProg

4 stars I listened to this album a few days after its release, while exploring other sounds away from the prog. I was surprised by the way the guitarist manages to develop songs closer to the world of jpop, and turn them into prog pieces, without leading them to excessive virtuosity, as other guitarists of the genre do.

This album was intended as a kind of soundtrack to a novel written by the guitarist himself, inspired by the stories of anime and manga. Therefore, the music tries to express certain situations in which the protagonist finds herself (the titles of the tracks are the same as the chapters of the novel). Sithu Aye with his music, manages to introduce you to the world of anime, with well-worked melodies and harmonies. It is impossible to listen to this album and not think of some anime series from childhood or youth. The pieces mostly have an optimistic character. The production is exquisite and shows us how self-taught the Musician is.

If you are looking for something out of the ordinary in the prog, this is your album. If you like Japanese pop culture and prog, this is your album.

 Invent the Universe by AYE, SITHU album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.71 | 17 ratings

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Invent the Universe
Sithu Aye Progressive Metal

Review by LearsFool
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Sithu Aye topped himself here, first experimenting with a bit of progressive metalcore - djent, as it is apparently called - as a part of a general continuation of the excellent electronic backed prog metal of "Cassini". And while djent, like most metalcore, is hit or miss, this is a direct hit. He works the elements of djent in perfectly with his original style, and what use it has is flawless. It is also rather sparing, too, which should help those understandably uncomfortable with the style digest it. Otherwise, this is "Cassini" gone into an instrumental overdrive. The electronic atmospheres are still wonderful, and his playing is still as excellent as ever, and now even more varied. Aye has to be one of the best musicians in metal right now, and that he is prog metal is a miracle for us. Highly recommended.
 Cassini by AYE, SITHU album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.77 | 12 ratings

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Cassini
Sithu Aye Progressive Metal

Review by LearsFool
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Sithu Aye has here an album that proves him a musician of immense talent. Multitracking himself playing several instruments at once, Oldfield style, he cut a record that deftly blends heavy prog, prog metal, and a bit of electronic. The tracks are mainly straightforward, with the result being most often him playing wonderful rock guitar solos over backing made of pure metal. At times, though, he adds the aforementioned electronics, and even at a few points dips his toes in the avant garde. The various opens, riffs, solos, lulls, and intentional skips add up to a very interesting album. And the playing itself is all of the highest caliber. A fantastic and varied listen, modern prog lovers should find this an enjoyable record.
 Invent the Universe by AYE, SITHU album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.71 | 17 ratings

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Invent the Universe
Sithu Aye Progressive Metal

Review by Cylli Kat

5 stars Wow! Thanks to David Maxim Micic for turning me onto this guy, Widek and Plini! This might not be to everyone's taste, but to my ears this is such a treasure! Apparently I must be turning into a djent fan... To say that Sithu Aye has chops galore would be an understatement, he's also got some great songwriting skills. Even if guitar instrumental music isn't your thing, you still might like this (or any of Sithu Aye's releases). You could just about apply this review to ANY of Sithu's releases, I LOVE what this guy does! As always, your mileage may vary; but for me this is top-notch stuff. Absolutely essential for anyone who likes guitar instrumental music! 5 jolly enormous stars, indeed!!!
Thanks to Rune2000 for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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