Album Review: Aara — “Triade III: Nyx”

Astute listeners of the site will remember that my first ever album of the year pick was Aara‘s En Ergô Einai, an album that captivated me from the moment I first threw it on.  Since then, it has been an absolute whirlwind of momentum for the Swiss trio, with no less than four major releases since 2020, including Triade III: Nyx, the closing chapter of their trio of albums in tribute to Charles Maturin’s 1820 novel “Melmoth the Wanderer.”  Nyx may mark the culmination of the story the band are trying to tell, but in terms of what they have to accomplish musically, they appear to only be getting started.  Warning: there will be spoilers for “Melmoth the Wanderer” so if, uh, that’s something you are trying to avoid, read carefully I guess.

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Album Review: Aara — “En Ergô Einai”

Folks, it has been a LONG wait for this one.  I can’t tell you how much I’ve anticipated this review ever since “Arkanum” debuted over at No Clean Singing.  I have not been floored by a track like that in a good while, and I think I grabbed the full promo the minute it was available.  After having about six weeks to sit with it, I have only gotten more psyched up to talk about what almost assuredly will be in my top releases for the year, Aara’s sophomore album En Ergô Einai. Continue reading

Concert Review: Dragged Into Sunlight, Primitive Man and MAKE (July 22, 2016)

The Earl Concert Bill

Let me start by saying I’ve never seen Dragged Into Sunlight, Primitive Man or MAKE live. Yes I know, shame on me. But I’ve spent so much time with all three bands’ recorded output that once this show was announced there was no way I was going to miss it, also no excuse to miss it either as it was on a Friday night. So it goes, another outstanding show at the always stellar The Earl in Atlanta, Georgia. It would end up being a marathon in how much aural — and visual — torment one could endure. But man, was it ever a great show. Continue reading