Aerolyn
Resilience


3.5
great

Review

by JackSparrow USER (9 Reviews)
November 5th, 2012 | 28 replies | 2,263 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Aerolyn showcase their passion and excellent song-writing on their strong debut.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

What’s missing from the post-hardcore genre these days? Like the much-critiqued genre of metalcore, recent post-hardcore is a oversaturated with a gang of bands that feed off of one another in sound, structure, and hell, even appearance. Chalk it up to be vocals, breakdowns, and melodies (or lack thereof) it goes without saying that both genres are caving in from exposure. What will be curious is which bands will remain and why they do. What enabled them to survive the purge of the scene? Some may argue innovation: it was the band’s choice to expand their sound. Some may say genre-experimentation: branching out and encompassing elements from post-rock, maybe progressive. Both acceptable answers, but something else is missing. What really will set these bands apart from the followers?

The answer is passion.

Enter Aerolyn, an upcoming post-hardcore outfit from Oklahoma (are there any of those yet?). On their debut EP “Resilience”, Aerolyn have achieved what has eluded all-too many post-hardcore bands of today: a distinct sound. The quartet takes all the best the genre has had to offer (soaring melodies, powerful chords, explosive drums, and an exceptional vocalist) and makes them their own. On opener “Between Lions and Men”, Aerolyn showcase their take on the genre. Immediately noticeable is the slick production that brings out each member’s abilities. The guitars are crisp, the drums are full of punch but don’t dominate the sound, the bass is delightfully audible but not drowning out, and the vocals. Oh, the vocals. Chase Theodos knows where to belt his heart out, where to deliver harmony, and where to take a breather and let the band do what they do best. Anyone looking for an uplifting chorus search no further, “Resilience” is your calling. “The Harbinger” showcases Theodos’ passionate vocal work at its finest. With the assistance of Jonny Craig for the outro, the song is absolutely beautiful.

Whether you’re looking for pounding riffs, melodic leads, or slow and ambient interludes, “Resilience” has what you need, in generous amounts. “Wefightfail” features the heavy yet catchy riffs post-hardcore is known for countered against sweet choruses. What is so remarkable about Aerolyn is their refusal to stick to standard song structures. Verses tend to be fairly different from each other within the same song, revolving around completely different guitar lines. It’s never a good thing to be listening to a song and be able to guess when a verse will be repeated, and Aerolyn don’t make this a problem. Scattered throughout each song are sweet sections and heavier components, but neither are so predictable as to make the songs seem formulaic. Being able to balance heavy sections with infectious melodies correctly is a strength on its own, but pairing this with superb song-writing skills is a talent Aerolyn can only improve on and continue to work to their advantage.

Closer and title-track “Resilience” shows the passion this band has at its highest level. Featuring acoustic guitars and harmonized vocal work, the title-track brings the album to a close on a very calming and somber note, until Aerolyn’s bottled up emotion explodes. The track is very ambitious for its two-minute run, bursting with passion and demonstrating that there is still heart in the genre. Any fan of honest and powerful vocals, balanced heavy and melodic guitar parts, and tight song writing will find plenty to love about “Resilience”. Though short in length, Aerolyn are here to show that post-hardcore isn’t quite ready to collapse. All it needs is breath of fresh air. They are that breath.



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JackSparrow
November 5th 2012



1686 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I give out too many 4s, oh well.

Ecnalzen
November 5th 2012



6494 Comments


I think this is a self titled album.

Edit: Maybe not. On Amazon and Spotify it's self titled but on their Facebook it's Resilience.

JackSparrow
November 5th 2012



1686 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It says 'Resilience" under their name on the artwork, not sure.

Ecnalzen
November 5th 2012



6494 Comments


I edited my post, not sure either. It's self titled some places but on their Fbook it's Resilience. Weird.

JackSparrow
November 5th 2012



1686 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I bought it off iTunes and it came as self titled so that's bizarre. I recommend "Harbinger" if anyone wants a good idea of how these guys sound.

ThrashHard
November 5th 2012



196 Comments


Good review man pos'd, I'll check them out later

Ecnalzen
November 5th 2012



6494 Comments


Maybe something just got screwed up when they sent it in to the retailers.

Great review. Finished listening to it a little bit ago, it's solid. The vocalist has some pipes on him.

JackSparrow
November 5th 2012



1686 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thats cool you liked it, these guys deserve some recognition. Thanks for the pos ThrashHard

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 5th 2012



19627 Comments


I'm ThrashHard lol didn't mean to post that on my alt but have another pos just for fun.

Digging: The Who - Tommy

JackSparrow
November 5th 2012



1686 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Haha thanks man. Why do you use an alt?

patman1001
November 5th 2012



1012 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice review. ive been jamming this a lot lately.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 5th 2012



19627 Comments


"Why do you use an alt?"

man, i've been getting this question a lot. I don't usually, this was my first alt and i made it this weekend. just did it for fun and because i'm obsessed with thrash music right now lol.

JackSparrow
November 5th 2012



1686 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I've never understood alts, might as well express your thrash tastes on the same account. You have before.

Cool thanks patman, whats your favorite song?

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 5th 2012



19627 Comments


i was bored this weekend : P and i yeah thrash is the biggest chunk of pie on both my accounts so i do express it lol.

JackSparrow
November 5th 2012



1686 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thats fair I just don't get it, you're pretty well established, no need for an alternate identity especially now if people know its you. Whatever haha

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 5th 2012



19627 Comments


I'm well established? LOL

JackSparrow
November 5th 2012



1686 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

50 reviews don't go unnoticed

patman1001
November 5th 2012



1012 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

my favorite song is probably harbinger. but it's not by much. they are all pretty solid.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 5th 2012



19627 Comments


@JackSparrow,

you'd be surprised.

JackSparrow
November 5th 2012



1686 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

They are all pretty solid, Harbinger is my favorite as well though. The guitar parts are pretty memorable, these guys are great



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