Aspherium
The Veil of Serenity


5.0
classic

Review

by Insurrection CONTRIBUTOR (113 Reviews)
September 10th, 2015 | 32 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Unhampered ingenuity; a true veil of serenity.

Fresh, talented bands are always finding their way out from the woodwork and into the public eye, but I don’t think any band has had as much of an impact on me upon discovery as Aspherium did. I reviewed their sophomore release The Fall of Therenia last year and praised it for its acumen in all things progressive and beyond. Unbeknownst to me at the time, the band had an equally impressive debut, The Veil of Serenity, released only three years earlier that slipped under everyone’s radar. This further exemplifies the notion that some of the greatest music crawls from beneath the woodwork, unseen and unheard, only to be discovered perchance – perhaps by delving through the darkest corners of the internet searching for new music, or even by clicking a random review on a music website. No matter how it makes its way to your attention, this treasure turns out to be something you will never forget, and the journey to finding this desirable thing makes it all the more precious when its beauty is finally uncovered. Aspherium is this treasure, and The Veil of Serenity is its beauty.

This bias can account for my bloated rating, but the truth is The Veil of Serenity is a genuinely awe-inspiring work, not only for its superb musicianship but for its treatment and humility toward metal itself. Aspherium don’t pigeonhole themselves to one genre, nor do they forcefully mesh multiple styles into one in a vain attempt to stand out from the crowd. The Veil of Serenity sounds like an authentic product from a group of talented minds coming together and creating art. It acts as an odyssey for these Norwegians – what they have heard, what brought them together, what influenced them throughout their lives, and what compelled them to project their creativity into a musical sentiment. That’s what The Veil of Serenity is – a culmination of experiences put into notes and chords; a unique voice from musicians that previously went unheard, until now.

The style Aspherium aim for can be dissected methodically, sure. It’s largely melodic death metal with hints of black metal, doom, folk, prog, and metalcore. The eponymous track begins with crisp tremolo riffs, blast beats and the like – melodic but morose; crunchy but sharp, creating a bleak atmosphere that continuously evolves until the climactic breakdown and subsequent denouement. But simply reading these descriptors don’t even begin to paint the full picture. It’s the seamless coalescence of these elements, to the point that they transcend genre tropes themselves, that makes The Veil of Serenity so impactful.

If a single were to be released, ‘As We Slither’ would be a prime contender. Its infectious main riff confined to a relatively straightforward structure makes it an easy standalone listen and serves as an apt appetizer for what the full album promises. Straightforward is not to be mistaken for simplistic, though, as the song never stays in the same place for long, and its brevity eliminates the possibility of distraction or boredom. However, the bulk of the album consists of 6+ minute behemoths with more twists and turns than Christina Hendricks, and much like Hendricks’ figure, they all come together so smoothly as to not question their direction; rather, to appreciate their beauty and boldness at face value.

So, is The Veil of Serenity a perfect album" Perhaps not, but I’d be hard-pressed to find an album that I can truly call perfect from beginning to end, let alone the wild subjectivity the word holds for every individual. What The Veil of Serenity is definitively, though, is a superlative example of what making music is all about. There’s no pandering to any demographic, any fanbase, or even a record label. Reveling in its obscurity, this is music Aspherium made for themselves and for those willing to traverse this heavy terrain with them. This is what unhampered ingenuity sounds like, serenity unveiled.



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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
September 9th 2015


24647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

numero 100, figured id make it somewhat special



As We Slither - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIjhaCI32sw



Blackpoint Millennium - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOtJ0ZtSgr0



full stream - https://soundcloud.com/aspherium/sets/the-veil-of-serenity-album-1

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
September 10th 2015


11622 Comments


Wow, excellent review Ins, first para is very true, I love uncovering super cool album accidentally.

"It serves as a odyssey" *an odyssey

Congrats on 100, I'll check these guys out I think.


ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
September 10th 2015


11622 Comments


haha Sach, not this time

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
September 10th 2015


24647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks scuro, fixed



@nimb, it's more downtempo brocore with slam overtones

and yea i kinda went all out cheese in that last paragraph but it felt right

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
September 10th 2015


11622 Comments


It fits though, the tone of the rev is pretty personal so it makes sense to end that way. As We Slither is great, I'll give the whole album a spin when I have some time.

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
September 10th 2015


24647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yea i feel you, i think i have something to replace it gimme a min



@scuro that, blackpoint and vanguard are my favorites probably. cant say one track is much weaker than another tho

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
September 10th 2015


24647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ty sir, ill do some trimming tomorrow after class. or during

would be real interested to get your take on this though jac

ComeToDaddy
September 10th 2015


1774 Comments


I knew you were digging this more lately, but wasn't expecting a 5 hot damn. I'm glad I hunted this down last week, it's a step below Therenia for me but still really solid front to back.

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
September 10th 2015


24647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i thought the same for a long time but this past week it just hit all the right spots. great driving music, both albums are

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
September 10th 2015


32190 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

it's a step below Therenia for me but still really solid front to back.




I definitely prefer this

Keyblade
September 10th 2015


26325 Comments


i'm seeing dev in way too many metal threads lately

SpiritCrusher2
September 10th 2015


6097 Comments


the production is horrible

KILL
September 10th 2015


81231 Comments


dr0.5 bro

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
September 10th 2015


24491 Comments


this honestly sounds horrible to me, but I dig the review

Digging: Cradle of Filth - Midian

emester
September 10th 2015


8249 Comments


So what exactly does a Ins 5 equate out to in reality.

Jk but that album covers is telling me that I won't really dig. Seems like a proggy mess

Beardog
September 10th 2015


2597 Comments


Production isn't really great indeed, I liked TFOT's production more...

Digging: Daughters - You Won't Get What You Want

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
September 10th 2015


24647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ive grown to love the production but i can definitely see why it can be a turn off



@spirit, what didn't you like about it? i figured it would be right up your alley

impoppy
September 11th 2015


2117 Comments


Really dug their second album so I'll have to go back and check this out.

KILL
September 11th 2015


81231 Comments


just by looking at the cover and ins rating i know thats all 100% correct

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
September 11th 2015


24647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

most of those are great bands so thanks i guess



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