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LOST

Stranger Aeons

 

Progressive Metal

3.05 | 2 ratings

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Conor Fynes
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3 stars 'Lost' - Stranger Aeons (6/10)

An introductory EP from a new progressively inclined hard rock band from the small state of Lithuania, Stranger Aeons makes a surprisingly good first professional EP with 'Lost'. Titled after the single of their first full length, the title track here is certainly the most relevant piece of music on the release, but as with all worthy singles releases, the lead track is topped off with two potent b-sides, that- musically speaking- surpass the main attraction.

As for the title track, 'Lost' is a female-vocal driven track that isn't quite heavy or intense enough to be considered metal; it instead works well as a melodic, conventional and memorable hard rock song. The music is typically centered around the vocals of the frontwoman, which are pretty good (and deep for a woman's voice) but don't have the same flair or finesse one might expect from a more professional group. The song eventually breaks down from it's catchy choruses and melodies into a latin-tinged breakdown using a new bridge vocal line that doesn't work too well in comparison to the nicer vocal moments in 'Lost'. Overall however, a pretty straightforward, catchy rock song.

Luckily for this EP, the interest does not stop there. While a decent song, 'Lost' on it's own would not be worth more than a couple of listens. The second track on the EP 'Honeydew' suddenly takes the band in a very different direction, instead revolving around the beauties of intsrumental guitar rock. Here, the guitarist shows some fantastic skill at crafting melodic lead solos, making this a surefire standout.

Lastly is 'Kastanas Pradeda Zydeti', a song that reintroduces vocals (albeit in a very different style) and adopts a different feel to it. While the first two were rather upbeat, 'Kastanas Pradeda Zydeti' is a laid-back, sombre tune, although it brings some of the same incredible guitar lead mastery that 'Honeydew' demonstrated. Here, male and female vocals stand out, singing in their native language, and the result is something that is much less poppy in nature, but more profound and meaningful.

Thanks to two excellent b-sides and a memorable, if flawed single, 'Lost' is a promising introduction to this Lithuanian progressive rock band.

Conor Fynes | 3/5 |

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