Aerodyne Flex
Transmissions


3.0
good

Review

by mrbloke USER (6 Reviews)
May 19th, 2012 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A prog metal album that sounds most rewarding at its most straight forward, but that doesn't mean it's too simple.

Kansas City progressive metal duo Aerodyne Flex offer quite the package. Being that their free of charge debut, Transmissions, features studio quality production rather than sloppy lo-fi fuzz. The instrumentation also feels a cut above MIDI loops and synthesised guitars, even though some of the drums come off as programed at times. With that out of the way this still sounds like a prog metal release and while boasting some impressive vocal chops and some fancy soloing, there are moments of cliche and excess that hinder a focused listen.

The album opens up with its worst offender “Strange Vessels” which switches up time signature faster than the speed of light. If feels a bit cartoonish hearing the time signature or drum beat dramatically change every now and then. Following tracks suffer from being cliche and overworked.“Downpour” opens up nice with some soothing drones and anthemic guitar but continues to tread across choppy waters.“Carbon” is one of the album’s biggest offenders featuring a staggering breakdown that ruins the song’s pace, which is then followed up by a pleasant but unfitting post rock soundscape. However with these flaws present, there’s still a sense of interplay between the instruments which can still allure a dedicated listener. And the vocals are for sure something to write about. Skylar Nohrenberg isn’t the harshest or nastiest metal belcher out there but he can adapt to many styles from time to time. He’ll go from his regular mid range style into something resembling a death growl and even a banshee call. It has been done before but Nohrenberg does it with such a smooth transformation from one style to another.

It’s not until “Oni” where the album picks up with its opening riff that drags in a listener to pay attention, being rewarded with a soundscape that fits this time. “Reach” brings on the solos that will glisten throughout the rest of the album. Solos that sound great while not being too indulgent. The album finishes with a 20 minute title track split up into 4 parts Tim Hecker style.
This features some of the strongest songcraft on the album especially in its longest part “Lose” which features all of the aspects that made Transmissions strong and brings it all together for an enthralling finale. Even though the last part is a tad anti climatic it still delivers.

Aerodyne Flex have all the ideas going for them to be a stellar progressive metal outfit, but Transmissions has almost too many ideas looming around. When the prog staple aspects are brought down a tad the album then has some great material to listen to. This will probably be a better listen for background music rather than something to hunker down and immerse yourself into. Still it offers some great soloing and interplay, and the vocalist can truly belt. There’s still a ways to go. Let’s hope they continue to go that way further.



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aqualungcancer
May 19th 2012


573 Comments


Friggin' rights! Prog all the way. Anything like Tull? Pos'd.

Vespiion
May 19th 2012


1222 Comments


Album art's pretty neat.

JakeStallion
May 19th 2012


398 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Glad to see this album reviewed, seeing as it's one of my favorite releases of the year. I disagree with some of the points you made, but I agree about the instrumentation and the vocalist. The review itself is written pretty well, however. Good job!

mrbloke
May 20th 2012


200 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I was a little plebtastic when it came to suggestions. What should I put in there to fit the void?

JakeStallion
May 20th 2012


398 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

For suggestions, I'd say it shares similarities with Periphery's self-titled, Corelia's Nostalgia, Ever Forthright's self-titled, and TesseracT's One.

AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
May 20th 2012


2041 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

This album is way better than you made it out to be.

Digging: Damascus - When Last We Met

bloc
May 20th 2012


35024 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Sounds very action packed. I'll check it out.

Flyboy
May 21st 2012


395 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Whoa this album is soooo freakin sweet! Great find!! And they posted this review on their FB.

http://www.facebook.com/AerodyneFlex

bloc
May 21st 2012


35024 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Not enjoying this as much as I'd hoped to. Rating might even drop.

JAXETA
May 22nd 2012


791 Comments


bloc, you should totally review an album

bloc
May 22nd 2012


35024 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I get that a lot, but I'm really not the type of person who can write several paragraphs about an album. I definitely enjoy talking about music in general, but if I ever need to say something concise about a particular album, a single paragraph does well for me.

mrbloke
May 22nd 2012


200 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

bloc would fit in well at spin

bloc
May 22nd 2012


35024 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

You think so? Their reviews are quite long too.

Besides, my loyalty lies with Sputnik.

mrbloke
May 29th 2012


200 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Spin only writes real reviews for albums they love or hate. Everything else is given a 1 paragraph statement that's usually vague.

bloc
May 29th 2012


35024 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Haha, thanks for the compliment...

frostybanana
May 31st 2012


6 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'm really digging this album. Transmissions II: Lose is one of the best songs I've heard all year.

manicmonkey
June 3rd 2012


460 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sounds nifty, gonna check this out

NonApplicable
June 21st 2012


2011 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Album is a hit and miss fest. I stop listening once I hear that jazzy section halfway through the album.



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