Aethere
Wave Existence


4.5
superb

Review

by Max Paradise USER (18 Reviews)
June 10th, 2011 | 18 replies | 6,098 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Aethere create one of the strongest debuts out there, and absolutely dominate their entire genre.

Deathcore has become a stale genre. Anyone will tell you that. Most people will point to bands like Bring Me The Horizon, Suicide Silence, and Emmure as reasons to never even listen to a band labeled as core. However, there is always the rare occasion in which a band comes along and does something truly interesting and powerful with the genre. Between the Buried and Me, Periphery, and the like are the type of bands I'm talking about. And sure enough, just in time for the summer, here come Aethere to destroy them all.

Aethere are a small band from Santa Cruz, CA who think really really big. On their debut album, Wave Existence, they have created a masterpiece of progressive deathcore. Imagine if Periphery's album didn't drag forever, or if Between the Buried and Me had kept their original aggression when they began to work in the extreme technicality of their later work, and you've got Aethere. Their songwriting is absolutely top-notch, bringing in insanely technical riffs and drum parts when it needs to (the title track), utilizing melody when called for ('Oblivion'), and never forgetting to add in a few dashes of simple brutality ('Id').

Guitarist Garrett Wasson wields his 8-string mammoth with intimidating talent, ripping through blisteringly fast solos on the title track, delivering heavily downtuned breakdowns on 'Id,' and allowing for more space in songs such as 'Forged Within.' It's really difficult to praise the guitar-work on this album enough. Garrett hits every note perfectly as they zip by at lightning speed, creating the kind of impressively technical melodicism rarely seen in Aethere's peers, he really manages to blow just about every other guitarist in the genre out of the water without ever dissolving into pointless wanking.

But that's not to say that Garrett Wasson's guitars upstage the rest of the band, not by a long shot. Bassist Seph Herrera supplements the 8-string mastery with some quick fingers of his own on a 6-string bass, bolstering Aethere's low end perfectly. He consistently holds the band down perfectly, creating a powerful and hard-hitting rumble that the other instruments amply anchor themselves around. And when he's given his little chances to shine such as the short bass solo bits in 'Forged Within,' it's pretty difficult to not be thoroughly impressed.

Drummer Josh Slater further ups the ante, taking what the duo of Garrett Wasson and Seph Herrera have to offer and helping it along with one of the most jaw-dropping drum performances out there. Through constant time signature shifts, ludicrously fast fills, and simply relentless songs, Josh Slater really gives it his all. The insanely fast breakdown patterns in 'Id' are enough to be amazed, but he takes it all to a whole new level on tracks like 'Wave Existence' and 'Welltall' with ridiculously fast, almost-illogically technical drum patterns, but can absolutely slow things down when he needs to, and even throws in a few semi-tribal drum sections.

Of course, many bands are made or broken by their singer, and I can safely say that vocalist Cody Canales adds nothing but positivity to Aethere's already massive sound. His guttural voice rips through all the crazy instrumentation with passion rarely seen in the deathcore genre. He is never overbearing, lays off when need be, and comes in, guns blazing, when the time is right. His vicious growl is consistently powerful, mighty, and simply huge.

Helped along by the absolutely spot-on production of Marcus Wade, Aethere have truly created a masterwork with Wave Existence. This is the type of songwriting and talent that would be amazing coming out of a top-notch band well into their career, but coming from a virtual unknown band on their debut album, it's impossible to ignore. The potential here is simply ridiculous, but even in the present, Aethere are working on a level above and beyond that of almost all of their peers. Don't miss this album, because there's nothing like it out there.



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LiquidVelvet
June 10th 2011



628 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I really don't have enough good things to say about these guys. They're amazing.

Album stream: http://www.facebook.com/Aethere?sk=app_178091127385

UrbanAchiev3r
June 10th 2011



83 Comments


Hey man, not trying to offend at all, but after reading your review I really had no idea what this album would sound like other than some standard deathcore. Seems like you just said the band is good and it's members are good at what they do. I'm not hatin' at at all, just trying to offer some constructive criticism. I've seen a couple of your other reviews and they're good dude

UrbanAchiev3r
June 10th 2011



83 Comments


I did listen to nearly all of the album on their fb though. Can't say I'd listen again, but it's better than a lot of stuff in the genre. Cheers man

LiquidVelvet
June 10th 2011



628 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, I guess i can kinda see that. It's hard to know what to say, I mean it's hyper-technical progressive core with some tasteful melodic sections, and this is NOT the type of music I'm used to reviewing. It's also just been FOREVER since I've written, but I felt like this really needed to get written. I'll come back to this later and work it more probably, but thanks for the kind words and constructive crits :]

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
June 10th 2011



6734 Comments


Might have to give this album a look over, not too big on the deathcore stuff anyway.

UrbanAchiev3r
June 10th 2011



83 Comments


hah yeah no problem dude, I kind of figured as much. Keep the reviews coming, they're appreciated

LiquidVelvet
June 10th 2011



628 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm not really huge on the core genre either, but seriously, give the title track a listen. It's insane.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
June 10th 2011



6734 Comments


righto, in the mean time i also have a deathcore review on the front page.....

Rec me another 2 tracks to go with the title track.

LiquidVelvet
June 10th 2011



628 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Wellfall and Oblivion are the other two best, in my opinion, but it really is great all around.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
June 10th 2011



6734 Comments


Righto, ill give them a listen..

Essence
June 11th 2011



3558 Comments


partway through the first track and my only complaint is that it's deathcore

put simpler, it's not bad, but just the overall sound of the genre irks me. but, at the same time,
most deathcore makes me go 'GODS WHY' and turn it off immediately, and this is listenable

edit: I gave the title track a spin. these guys are obviously technically talented but they need to
show a lot more restraint.

also the tone is a muddy mess

second edit: i disagree about the vocalist. i found his gutturals very weak and if not contributing
nothing, they subtracted from the music

ZombicidalMan
June 11th 2011



1208 Comments


Like most deathcore, the production turns me off, this is no exception. The drums are way too overpowering, the vocals are just as loud, and the lead guitar sounds like it's being played across my street. Bleh.

But nice review, and it's easy to see the band's talented. But it just sounds like standard deathcore to me (with a little more progression and melody).

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
June 11th 2011



6734 Comments


Melody and progression helps a lot of things.

KronosRage
June 15th 2011



367 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Listening to this right now, hope it is good

GarrettGucci
July 10th 2011



1 Comments


We've uploaded the whole album for download on our friend's local blogspot!
If you have not heard the album and are looking for means of hearing it, PLEASE feel free to download it here!

http://destroyingthemedia.blogspot.com/2011/07/aethere-wave-existance-2011.html

TheVooligan
July 12th 2011



2 Comments


Deathcore makes me want to wretch. But this is better than most.
Worth a listen if only once.

foxblood
July 26th 2011



6797 Comments


the vocals aren't that great, everything else is fine. also they don't seem all that forward-thinking to me, or at least not quite enough for me to be too excited about

CorporateRape
July 9th 2012



2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Xenogears rules.



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