Aletheian
Dying Vine


3.5
great

Review

by Spec USER (44 Reviews)
September 27th, 2010 | 19 replies | 6,077 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Despite the seemingly "obtuse" lyrics, Dying Vine is a very well executed metal album that could satisfy fans ranging from Metal-Core to Technical Death Metal.

3 of 4 thought this review was well written

Aletheian is a Metal band hailing from Pennsylvania that was originally formed in 1997 under the band name "Crutch." They changed their name to "Aletheian" prior to the 2003 album Apolutrosis. “Aletheian” is a form of the Greek root for “Truth” which was fully explained by Joel in an interview in which he states: "Our primary message as a band is that there is truth in this broken world, and the truth is that there is hope, beyond all darkness and despair. Basically, we traded in a simple name that got confused with other bands all the time, for a name that no one can spell, pronounce, or remember. But we think it’s a good fit for us." Hopefully that helps with any misunderstandings you may have had about the bands name and if not? Then ignore this and read my review.

This CD originally came out back in 2005 and was produced by the band. It has been remixed and remastered by Alan Douches (Converge, Mastodon). In addition to the original tracks, there is a cover version of Cynic "How Could I" included. Dying Vine combines a variety of influences and styles. The album combines elements of Melo-Death, Progressive, Tech-Death and even some Metal-Core. The songs are actually thought out very well and the bands chemistry and musicianship is made apparent right from the get go. Usually with a mix of influences like this, bands can get carried away just showing off their instrumental talent instead of creating focused songs with good replay value, however this is not the case here. There is enough technicality to satisfy any fans of death metal but also enough melody and catchiness to compel the listener to listen to more than just a few songs. Tracks like "Paragon" and "Broken Legacy" show the influence's from the likes of Cynic, Death and even Emperor.

Lyrically the band falls short anything ground breaking or original. The songs are obviously written from a Christian standpoint but are executed poorly as lyrically, the band comes off as "obtuse." This is not to say the lyrics are bad however, but could be thought out a little better their next time around.

Regardless of a few lyrical downfalls and select songs bleeding into each other, "Dying Vine" is a very good release and will stand out very well when compared to other Christian and Non-Christian metal albums.



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Spec
September 27th 2010



26833 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Had a lot of trouble writing this for some reason.

adhoc
September 27th 2010



216 Comments


well its very well done.

botb
September 27th 2010



9280 Comments


album is so good

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Irving
Staff Reviewer
September 27th 2010



7007 Comments


If you had problems writing it, it doesn't show =)

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Spec
September 27th 2010



26833 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks man!

Emim
September 27th 2010



26195 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album and good review.

KimmsightMatters
September 27th 2010



6140 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Love this album! Great review, personally I like the lyrics for Paragon, but yes I've seen better.

TheSpirit
September 27th 2010



16657 Comments


The album combines elements of Melo-Death, Progressive, Tech-Death and even some Metal-Core



Never capitalize the first letters of genres- they are adjectives. Also, melodeath* and metalcore*

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Emim
September 28th 2010



26195 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Idk, I feel they can go both ways (and I flip flop between capitalizing them and not). Lately I've been leaving them uncapitalized, though.

TheSpirit
September 28th 2010



16657 Comments


I mean I know a lot of ppl like to capitalize, but grammatically it's not right. It's not a huge thing though so most of the time it's preference I guess.

Emim
September 28th 2010



26195 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't think it's too far of a stretch to call genres nouns, though. It's like:

This album is progressive. (adj.)

This album is Progressive. (n.)

Spec
September 28th 2010



26833 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Why the neg?

Emim
September 28th 2010



26195 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wasn't me, but the review was a tad on the short side.

althrioan
September 28th 2010



1 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Where are any metalcore influences??? O.o

Spec
September 28th 2010



26833 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sheesh, wasn't worth a neg I don't think.

Spec
April 17th 2011



26833 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I can finally spell the bands name consistently.

FourSquare20
April 17th 2011



320 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

God, I used to love this album so much when I was younger. Still has some great moments.

Spec
May 29th 2011



26833 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Probably their best work.

tkxxx7
June 7th 2011



6146 Comments


such an awkward read



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