Son of Aurelius
The Farthest Reaches


4.5
superb

Review

by WhiteWallStargazers USER (53 Reviews)
April 11th, 2010 | 50 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A new powerhouse in the Deathcore genre

As I listen to The Farthest Reaches, the debut album by Santa Cruz, California band Son of Aurelius, I ask myself, “Why have I not heard these guys before"” To say I am impressed with their debut is a bit of an understatement; this could be one of the better albums to come out in the year 2010.

As soon as the first notes of opening track, Mercy for Today, hit my ears, I knew I was in for a ride. With ear piercing vocals, blistering guitars going all over the place, and stellar drumming, Son of Aurelius does not lack in talent. From the soft, piano led interlude of The Calm, to the ferocious pace of Myocardial Infarction, the band does not cease to impress on the technical side of things.

The guitars are the highlight on The Farthest Reaches, with everything from tremolo picking, sweep picking, and monstrous riff after riff being thrown at the listener, along with some clean guitar for some variety, the guitarists display their talents. Just listen to the first 20 seconds of The First, The Serpent, and you’ll see that these guys come to play. Reminiscent of bands such as Conducting From the Grave and the Faceless, the guitars shred and flow their way through the record. The vocals are also impressive on The Farthest Reaches. Everything from a low growl to a high shriek is utilized and there is never a dull moment vocally on this album. The vocals could benefit from being slightly higher in the mix, as sometimes the guitars overshadow them, but this does not seem to be a major issue, and does not detract from the listening experience. Some of the more notable vocal tracks are Facing the Gorgon and the title track, but the vocals are impressive in every song. The drumming is impressive, with much use of double kick and interesting fills that add a nice rhythm element behind the twin guitar assault.

With this being the bands debut album, it will be very interesting to see where they progress from here. The Farthest Reaches is one of the better metal albums I have heard this year, and has a chance to be the best deathcore album to come out in 2010.



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WhiteWallStargazers
April 11th 2010


2647 Comments


I got an advance copy of this to review for another site. . . and all my reviews are seemingly really short recently. . .not sure why.

BigTuna
April 11th 2010


5235 Comments


what other site?

WhiteWallStargazers
April 11th 2010


2647 Comments


Beholder Media, which is a Minnesota based one

Ponton
Emeritus
April 11th 2010


6324 Comments


I got an advance copy of this to review for another site


Sorry man. Unless you're staff, the mods will probably still delete it. They let some get by though, but they usually don't.

Digging: Aquilus - Griseus

WhiteWallStargazers
April 11th 2010


2647 Comments


Yeah I figured that, but it comes out in 3 days so I'll just re-post if I need to

Essence
April 11th 2010


6172 Comments


deathsnore

bloozclooz
April 11th 2010


1770 Comments


this could be one of the better albums to come out in the year 2010.

what's that about paradogma? doubtful that a "deathsnore" album could live up to that.

bloc
April 11th 2010


50780 Comments


Album suuuuuuuuuuuucks

Digging: Oubliette (USA) - The Passage

Zipzop5565
April 11th 2010


402 Comments


Enough of fucking deathcore bands

Thor
April 11th 2010


10266 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

wait since when is this deathcore

Essence
April 11th 2010


6172 Comments


thor was so surprised he all over himself

Zipzop5565
April 11th 2010


402 Comments


Since I read the summary

SrightryEpic
April 11th 2010


1199 Comments


is this genuinecore

Zettel
April 11th 2010


661 Comments


There is no problem with the review, here is an official stream:

http://www.metalsucks.net/2010/04/09/exclusive-full-album-stream-son-of-aurelius-the-farthest-reaches/

Good review.

randomguitarist
April 11th 2010


158 Comments


This is NOT deathcore! Amazing album, superb musicianship. It's melodic death metal but with a twist. WAY TOO TALENTED to be considered deathcore

SrightryEpic
April 11th 2010


1199 Comments


what you mean to say is it's not deathcore because it doesn't have any hardcore influence whatsofuckingever

Zipzop5565
April 11th 2010


402 Comments


I listened to one song. The vocals blew but the rest was ok

Essence
April 11th 2010


6172 Comments


yeah this is straight melodeath
with bad vocals

WhiteWallStargazers
April 11th 2010


2647 Comments


deathcore, melodic death, deathbore, whatever its metal none the less

halloway
April 11th 2010


689 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

it's metal. and i can't fucking wait to hear this, i've heard nothing but good things about this (it also got me into animosity lately - thank you very much)



on a side note, it's fun watching people try and dismantle something just because they don't understand it and feel obligated to hate on a genre.







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