Aephanemer
A Dream Of Wilderness


4.0
excellent

Review

by Tosmok Muzyki USER (3 Reviews)
November 23rd, 2021 | 23 replies


Release Date: 11/19/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Aephanemer’s third full-length is a slower but no less ambitious effort than their previous albums.

Hailing from Toulouse, France, Aephanemer are a symphonic melodeath band that take the genre into a refreshing if not entirely new dimension. Beginning as a basic melodeath set on their first album Momento Mori before crafting their own niche in Prokopton, A Dream of Wilderness continues their epic saga.

Creating such unique albums requires unique circumstances. Aephanemer consist of a four person team of two men and two women (hail equality!) with frontwoman Marion Bascoul performing all harsh vocals on top of keeping pace on the rhythm guitar, Martin Hamiche delivering rampant licks on lead, Lucie Woaye Hune backing up on the bass, and Mikael Bonnevialle deploying well-timed fills amongst the harmonious chaos.

The first aspect upon plugging in A Dream of Wilderness one notices is the generally slower tempos of the songs compared to their sophomore Prokopton. While by no means testudified, the more laid back speed of most of the songs lends a less layered explosion of sounds in turn for more depth of atmosphere. Whether such a change marks an increase or decline of quality is a matter of personal debate, but by no means causes the album to lack for virtuosity.

Bascoul’s growls are absolutely vicious. They could best be described as unfettered snarls from some deranged forest beast, almost literally tearing out the vocal sections on each song they’re employed. You’d hardly think this mild-mannered, thickly French-accented woman capable of producing such sounds based on her interviews. They get so deep and gravelly at times you’d swear she was a man, with portions on songs such as Antigone and Le Radeau de La Méduse 'Medusa’s Raft' arcing into a perfect black metal banshee shriek. Certainly a top three contender if not just the outright best lady growler in all of metallia. A Dream of Wilderness even debuts her cleans, pleasant but not quite so polished as her growls despite adding another layer to their already saturated compositions.

Guitars and symphonic elements are generally well done, combining a more light-hearted early Equilibrium energy with typical melodeath elements. Strider and the title track are powerful epics, while Panta Rhei sounds like a more polished offshoot of something that originally belonged on Prokopton. Roots and Leaves is pure key-driven cheese, with Of Volition being a more generic offering of what they’ve always created. But the stars are certainly the previously mentioned Antigone and Le Rideau. Antigone strongarms the aural senses with its potent chorus and epic dual-voxed finale, while Le Rideau de La Méduse is the most condensely packed of the bunch, striving for an even greater crescendo. Listen to the bonus French language version for even better immersion.

Finally Aephanemer love their instrumentals, this album featuring a total of three uniques including the bonus cover of Tchaikovsky’s Old French Song, to say nothing of their tradition of releasing their entire albums' instrumental mixes. Land of Hope is a generic Ensiferum-esque instrumental track, lofty but not really adding anything before drifting off into the intense Antigone. Vague a l’Âme, ‘Melancholy’ (lit. Tide of the Soul) is a more epic minute and a half instrumental a la Arch Enemy, setting the tone for the last third of the album and sliding into the beginning of Strider quite nicely. And then of course the extremely upbeat melodeath cover of Old French Song closes the album on a high note for anyone who could (and most definitely should) acquire the bonus disk version.

Basically this shit’s awesome and demands a high spot in any symphonic or melodeath lover’s collection.


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ToSmokMuzyki
November 23rd 2021


450 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

haha review bomb me now

ToSmokMuzyki
November 23rd 2021


450 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

**** i ruined my 420

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
November 23rd 2021


16982 Comments


I'm glad this got a review. I love the band and their hometown. Gotta check asap

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Frost15
November 23rd 2021


793 Comments


W....hat?? A 4.0 coming from you is a must listen. I really liked their previous one so will definitely check. Nice review btw

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Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
November 23rd 2021


15681 Comments


I'm glad this got a review. [2]

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ToSmokMuzyki
November 23rd 2021


450 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

niiiice thanks bros

Dmax28
November 24th 2021


1008 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Some nice tracks, some dull ones. Doesn't touch Prokopton one bit. That was some sick melodeath. This is like some folky shenanigans. But I still love their sound.

ToSmokMuzyki
November 24th 2021


450 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

who tf ruined my 5% approval

Muzz79
November 24th 2021


1411 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Not big on power metal based melodeath tbh. I mean it's alright

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StickFeit
November 24th 2021


1944 Comments


That's some nice artwork

ToSmokMuzyki
November 24th 2021


450 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

the mighty blue boar

zaruyache
November 25th 2021


24695 Comments


big pig symphonic metal gang gang

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ToSmokMuzyki
November 25th 2021


450 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

yeah this site is totally unbiased and doesn't possess a hive mentality at all

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
November 25th 2021


15681 Comments


Glad we agree. Now let's all go 5 Opeth albums.

ToSmokMuzyki
November 25th 2021


450 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

hellll yesssssss

zaruyache
November 25th 2021


24695 Comments


is this wintersun album

ToSmokMuzyki
November 25th 2021


450 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

def what he should have come out with tbh

ToSmokMuzyki
November 25th 2021


450 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

guess i should stick to tearing apart beloved but overblown classics so at least the ratio makes sense

Ryus
November 25th 2021


26398 Comments


listen to the new stormkeep

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ToSmokMuzyki
November 25th 2021


450 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

okie dokie



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