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Review: The Aerium - Song for the Dead King
The Aerium
Song for the Dead King

Label: Black Lotus Records
Year released: 2005
Duration: 40:15
Tracks: 8
Genre: Symphonic Metal


Review online: December 16, 2005
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 2.33/5 (46.67%) (6 Votes)

The problem with the success of such bands as Nightwish, and to a lesser extent, Edenbridge and Epica (just to name a few) is that it is bound to generate a bunch of varying-quality clones. Some good, some bad. Sadly, this here belongs to the latter category. First of all, the production is... well... bad. Such music requires almost perfect production, and here we have the opposite. Most of the time the guitars are barely audible, you'd think you're listening to keyboards accompanied by a female operatic singer. The drum sound isn't any better. I rarely bitch about the production of an album, but here it is so bad it is unforgivable. The only redeeming quality of the album is the vocalist, which has a style similar to the aforementioned bands, although she will benefit from more experience in the future (and it is just the debut, after all.) None of the songs can be considered an highlight, for the simple reason that this sounds pretty much the same for the whole duration of the album. Very monotone, and again the production just makes matters worse. Definitely pass on this one, maybe if they release a second album they'll address the shortcomings, but for now I don't see any reason to recommend this album.

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