Aeon Spoke
Above the Buried Cry


2.5
average

Review

by Archibald C. Burke USER (37 Reviews)
August 30th, 2009 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: These extraordinary players take an uncharacteristic journey through the ordinary.

If you’re expecting the trademark Masvidal and Reinert that can be found in Cynic and on Death’s Human album (I assume that’s what’s drawn you here), save yourself some reading and some time. This album is probably not for you, as the music makes use of neither musicians prowess, and is probably the farthest thing from technical death metal they could be doing (save country). The music put forth here is ethereal – a description that has been seemingly coined for the band’s music – light, and a little poppy. Those may not have the heart to say it (or hear it for that matter) but there is definitely an undeniable pop presence on this record. That’s not to say that by embracing pop-music ideas these musicians have committed a crime; now failing to properly follow through on those ideas is another thing…

Let’s get something straight if it wasn’t already settled by the first paragraph: this is not a metal album and will yield no metal variation or influence whatsoever. Yeah, I know these are the guys from Cynic, Death, Gordian Knot… The fact that they decided to go with this route shouldn’t actually be all that surprising, given the fact they’d already long conquered the realm of technical metal and instrumental music. When there are only so many places left to venture, why not embrace frontman Paul Masvidal’s airy, soothing vocals and his ability to make less use of his guitar in favour of atmosphere. A softer side of alternative rock does seem slightly appropriate given the musical timeline.
Above the Buried Cry, the unit’s debut offering, is not an exciting endeavour, though there is the possibility of finding a new fan-base along the way. The best way to describe this music is light alternative rock, almost something you’d hear on the Top 40. It’s incredibly accessible, but that’s because there really isn’t anything for the listener to have to wrap their head around. Perhaps that’s the point of this record right there, and its subtleties shouldn’t be over-examined too much. Still, after repeated listens desperately trying to get into a band made up of favourite metal musicians, I couldn’t get over the fact that they were playing such light, seemingly empty music. I mean, there is definitely a melancholy vibe that I’m sure could evoke some emotions amongst the listening population, if given the chance. I suppose this one’s really up to you…if you’re feelin’ like another airy alt-rock band, this might be a place to stop by.

Pros:

- I am now fully convinced that Paul Masvidal could front any band, within any genre. He seems to possess the kind of versatility to be able to perform in an array of fields – even if he’s a little stronger in some than others.

Cons:

- Both Masvidal and Reinert could’ve been instrumentally omitted from this album and no one would’ve been the wiser. Sean’s drumming is so ridiculously mediocre it’s hard to imagine him staying awake throughout the recording sessions. Masvidal, in turn, does nothing magical with his guitar, instead favouring a light strum and some spacey soundscapes to fill the musical gaps.
- Though I can give the band some props for flirting with music outside of their realm, they really do nothing with this “new-found” genre, and when stacked up against their peers here, are actually somewhat of a weak unit.



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Willie
Moderator
August 31st 2009


16117 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Can you add the album art: [a]http://www.prog-nose.org/images5/aeon_spoke_above_the_buried_cry.jpg

I don't really agree with the review or most of the descriptions, but at least it has a review now. Their album that came after this is much more developed.

Digging: Kenn Nardi - Dancing With the Past

CrazyFool84
August 31st 2009


1080 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

thanks, was gonna ask how to get the album art up there since it was bare when I started, and looking pretty damn ugly. Appreciate the feedback, at least someone stumbled across this.

fireaboveicebelow
August 31st 2009


6837 Comments


this sounds worse than the bland new record, good review

Willie
Moderator
August 31st 2009


16117 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It looks like the album art thing is buggy again. Jom tried to add it and didn't have any luck.

This is worse than the Brand New album (if that's what you're referring to), but that's becase the Brand New album isn't bad.

fireaboveicebelow
August 31st 2009


6837 Comments


no I meant Aeon Spoke's s/t

Willie
Moderator
August 31st 2009


16117 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Oh. Yeah, this is worse than that one too. You don't like that one?

fireaboveicebelow
August 31st 2009


6837 Comments


not really, it's a 3 at best to me, it felt hollow given the amount of things they could've done with the songs

Willie
Moderator
August 31st 2009


16117 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I think their goal for this band was to actually do very little with the songs.

Zip
August 31st 2009


5312 Comments


that seems like a bad goal

Willie
Moderator
August 31st 2009


16117 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I don't mean that they didn't make an effort. I mean they tried to move away from busy, proggy music with this band.

fireaboveicebelow
August 31st 2009


6837 Comments


it doesn't mean they're good at it haha

Zip
August 31st 2009


5312 Comments


Lol Fireice criticizing other people's music.

Willie
Moderator
August 31st 2009


16117 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I think they definitely tried too hard to keep things mellow and restrained, but it's nice to listen to at certain times (the new one more than this one).

Zip
August 31st 2009


5312 Comments


Well I won't bother with whatever this is

CrazyFool84
August 31st 2009


1080 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Wow this found some attention, thanks guys most of my reviews have to be piled up to equal this kind of comments haha. I agree with Willie, I think their aim here was to keep things restrained, to be the opposite of their previous projects. I just wasn't a fan of the way they went about it, just had so much more hope for these two to take alt-rock to another place...I still am curious to try out the self-titled, you think its stronger than this Willie?

(I think the artwork is buggy, I tried to add it to but nothing doing. Still, at least I know how to go about that process now, something learned anyway)

Willie
Moderator
August 31st 2009


16117 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, it is buggy. Jom and Mx are working on it right now (I think). The self-titled is definitely stronger than this. Give it a shot.

CrazyFool84
August 31st 2009


1080 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

excellent job at the quick fix Jom/Mx, seems to be showing up on other albums with glitchy artwork too

CrazyFool84
October 1st 2009


1080 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Looking at it, isn't the self-titled essentially a rehashing of this record with a couple new tracks on it?

Willie
Moderator
October 1st 2009


16117 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

There are a few of the same songs but the new ones make the difference.

CrazyFool84
October 4th 2009


1080 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Haha I thought i would be asking an question that no one would see again. I'll actually give you that, the new ones do make a big difference and it seems like they touched up the old ones and gave them a good polish, makes a nice difference for those too.



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