Persefone - Aathma review
|Release date:||February 2017|
01. An Infinitesimal Spark [feat. Paul Masvidal]
02. One Of Many...
03. Prison Skin
04. Spirals Within Thy Being
05. Cosmic Walkers
06. No Faced Mindless
07. Living Waves [feat. Paul Masvidal]
09. Stillness Is Timeless
1 - Part I. Universal Oneness
2 - Part II. Spiritual Bliss
3 - Part III. One With The Light
4 - Part IV. ...Many Of One
And so begins the next chapter. One band from Andorra has torn the fabric of space-time continuum to deliver another one-of-a-kind album. Persefone has undergone some lineup changes in recent years but the quality of musicianship hasn't been affected one bit. With prior outstanding works such as Core, Shin-Ken and more recently Spiritual Migration, the expectation level was high. However, the guys managed to release a really high-quality effort of progressive melodic death metal yet again.
The controlled madness that became the signature of the band is whole, with a renewed emphasis on piano-driven atmospheres layered with gorgeous guitar licks over proggy rhythms. The most drastic departure from their previous sound is with the vocals. This time around, the register is more varied with a definite post-metal influence making a grand entrance. Oftentimes, I had to remind myself that I wasn't listening to Riverside on some musical passages. Being Persefone, the musicians manage to transition seamlessly from one thing to the next with tour-de-force simplicity. The influences are many. I hear some Cynic, some Gojira, some Meshuggah, a dash of Dimmu Borgir keyboards here and there. It is like they grabbed every element from bands successful at creating oppressing atmospheres and fit them in on one record.
While each track has its own merit and would deserve a mention, I find it is unthinkable not to listen to this opus as a whole. Persefone don't do simple. This is what you get as a result, impossible to skip a track and an album that flows as one unit. Featuring gorgeous artwork by Travis Smith, a grand production by Jens Brogen, and guests such as Paul Masvidal (Cynic) and Oystein Landsverk (Leprous), it is very hard to pinpoint a weakness about Aathma.
The devil is in the details. Persefone paid attention to those details and smoothed them out like you wouldn't believe. As a result, Aathma is a slow but steady grower. It comes across as massive on the first spin then gradually unravels all of its magic through repeated listens. There is a renewed energy about this band that is refreshing, even after all they have already accomplished. Here comes the new standard of progressive death metal. Inhale, exhale, listen, enjoy.
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