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5 stars AISLES represents the new generation of Chilean prog; born in 2001 on neo symphonic music such as MARILLION, GENESIS and PINK FLOYD even before; melancholy, emotion and long energetic breaks and a jazz- prog touch. A group which has just suffered the departure of 3 of its members but which offers an updated, modern, classic sound based on RUSH, MUSE, ANIMALS AS LEADERS and Steve WILSON, therefore more metallic and rhythmic; an opus reflecting the painful moments of the group, personal, pandemic, political; an opus that aims to be innovative.

"Fast" contemporary modern style with a jerky hit, ah a little RUSH already so it changes from their quieter sound before; it's fresher, energetic rock-pop ... faster in short it moves in the right direction for a good prog metal. "Megalomania" not the MUSE title though; it rocks from the intro; after it is soft melody accompanied by melancholy keyboards and guitars, the drums keeping the hit; today's prog as I understand it now, prog synth- rock fusion against a background of new wave, prog metal and alternative rock imprinting a progressive musical climate in less than 5 minutes; it's longer and perfectly brought with a twirling bass synth and the drums which let off steam in the end. "Thanks to Kafka" in mid-tempo for the fruity, ambient, plaintive and contemplative prog track; lots of voices that imprint themselves in the notes like a musical monologue; on PURE REASON REVOLUTION, a current RUSH, a MISSION, a RIVERSIDE, an ENCHANT for bewitchment and a final modern jewel. "Disobedience" returns to a current sound, yes the djent of the ANIMALS AS LEADERS ranges; aquatic, dark verse, syncopated drums, like an electric jazzy; prog metal chorus with a melodic, astonishing and diversified blow with a final climb where the soft djent sound is becoming more and more evident. "Time (A Conversation with My Therapist)" begins airy, hovering melody, all that to get out of the pangs of everything, of oneself, of society, of the pandemic; I find the discordance of the HAKEN therefore of the GENTLE GIANT; when melancholy becomes a cathartic overture, a musical outlet; the crimsonian break fills the air, gives air to go even further, the crystalline jazz-rock side drives the point home, a title that deserves to be asked twice, the solo is divine, the end luxuriously melancholy.

"The Plague" centerpiece where the sound is jazzy at times, on the tortured guitar of SAGA, on that of ANIMALS AS LEADERS, on the ancestor RUSH for this declination from another age; replenished with synths and a cinematic atmosphere, the text unfolds on the pandemic plague, a playful crescendo that gives pride of place to the melody, a progressive softness that rises towards prog metal in a sinuous and subtle way, in a very beautiful way, piece which reveals its charm as you listen; the spoken finale against a backdrop of a police siren amplifying the current madness of the world and the djent riff which rises, rises, saturates space and thought, superb. "Surrender" lands on a jazzy mid-tempo flirting plaintive musical ballad; consensual title at first glance which brews a languorous atmosphere thanks to the dreamlike voice of Israel; Juan's synth solo vibrating, full of emotion, final climb introducing "Needsun" mashup perfect musical interlude, slow but sure narcissistic progression. "Game Over" almost linked instrumentally closes this telluric journey with a complex and tortured melody; a fruity and heavy soft djent from ANIMALS AS LEADERS, supercharged South American hints la AL DI MEOLA, other futurists with video games; games in which certain members of the group were immersed in most of the time between compositions; a theme with contained polyrhythm which shows another face of the group where the intensity is at its maximum, sublime.

AISLES releases a musical bomb; it's beautiful, it's fresh, varied, airy and modern enough to easily escape on it. Their 5th album stands out from their original sound by pouring on experimental, fusion and 2 and a half years of work; behind this drama of the group's explosion is born this staggering opus where perhaps their heavier, more merging, more avant-garde musical future lies; musical, enterprising and efficient, apart. Definitely top potential.

alainPP | 5/5 |


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