Right from the get-go, Sam Nelson's (Allegaeon, First Fragment, Vale Of Pnath) ethereal cover artwork draws you into the richly textured and often beautiful world Aethereus creates musically on Absentia. The group's take on progressive death metal deftly combines elements of atmospheric death metal, ferocious technical death metal, and more overtly melodic death metal focused ends of the spectrum into a sound all their own. Aethereus cites influences ranging from Obscura, Spawn of Possession, Cynic, and Gorod which rightly shows in the ambitious and smartly crafted songs found on Absentia. Aethereus - Absentia is a prime death metal experience fans of the genre will go crazy for.
Today the band partnered with No Clean Singing to premiere the album's first single, "The Pale Beast".
You can listen to Aethereus - "The Pale Beast" HERE
No Clean Singing comments on today's premiere of "The Pale Beast"
"Even though it comes at the end of the album, it seems to encompass many of the emotions captured in those stages of grief. There are, for example, sensations of delirium and revelation in the swirling, flickering, and soaring guitars, as well as rage and anguish in Bratcher’s mix of guttural roars and cauterizing shrieks. And an interlude in the song, consisting of a duet by acoustic and electric guitar, is both introspective and pained.With the exception of that interlude and the acoustic-guitar conclusion, however, the song is a powerhouse of speed, packed with technically impressive performances and blazing with creative exuberance. Anchored by explosive drumming and a thundering and bubbling bass, the music is a head-spinner of fleet-fingered, fret-leaping guitar work and includes a starburst of a solo near the end, followed immediately by a swirling, sorcerous arpeggio.
It really is like a fireworks display and a wheeling kaleidoscope of sound — and we hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we have."
Guitarist Kyle Chapman comments on the upcoming release of Absentia
“Work on “Absentia” started back in January of 2016 shortly after the release of “Ego Futurus.” Shaun and Kyle had already been working on mapping out new songs and developing potential lyrical concepts. However, because of Shaun’s untimely passing, the album became something completely different. It went from a sort of weird self-indulgent sci-fi story to be about depression and loss, becoming both a point of frustration and catharsis. “Absentia” is loosely structured around the Kübler-Ross Five Stages of Grief (Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance). Musically, lyrically, and conceptually, the album follows the stages of grief and describes the experience of losing a loved one and the lasting impact that person’s absence has on an individual, a group, and life as a whole. It begins in a chaotic and bombastic manner, goes into some somber places, but ultimately ends on a somewhat hopeful note."
Pre-orders for Aethereus - Absentia are now live
Aethereus - Absentia Track Listing
1. Cascades of Light
3. Mortal Abrogation
4. Fluorescent Halls of Decay (Ft. Brody Uttley of Rivers of Nihil)
6. That Which is Left Behind
7. The Black Circle
8. With You, I Walk
9. The Pale Beast
Aethereus - Absentia Line-Up
Vance Bratcher – Vocals (The Devils of Loudon/Six Days of Darkness)
Kyle Chapman – Guitar/Vocals
Ben Gassman – Guitar
Scott Hermanns – Bass (The Devils of Loudon/ex-Blood and Thunder)
Matthew Behner – Drums (ex-Fully Consumed/ex-Year of Desolation)SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS