Aethereus are an American progressive/technical death metal band from my hometown based out of Washington State. 2018’s Absentia is an absolute musical journey of a lifetime beginning to end. This album introduces some jazz fusion elements that absorbs a beautiful contrasting articulation from the complex rhythmical guitars, backed up audible bass, clear singing and intense melodies with heavy balls to the wall riffage are astonishing. The instrumentals are dynamic and shows great representation of its entirety to provide technicality and overall heaviness with complexity all around.
Tracks such as The Black Circle, Cascades Of Light and The Pale Beast are very fast paced, guitar driven and particularly showcases the matured songwriting which absolutely blew my mind giving the record consecutive listens. Upon the benefiting triggered double bass drumming and shuffled multilingual styles of music, Absentia has both naturally and atmospherically speaking written all over the place to give insane groove, funk sections and technique bass work gives a hefty progressive metal outcome for the wonderful beastly elements. Between the abstracts of contrary, beautiful compositions, phenomenal melodies and top notch overlapping patterns, Aethereus’ Absentia does make unpredictable hooks and extensive diversity brought to lesser hands creating musical epitaphs to the band’s crafted essential at best.
So top this off, if you’re into progressive death metal with rightful amounts of technical death and jazz fusion incorporates with death growls, angulation aggressive propositions that pummels a esoteric waltzing rhythms and fairly complex instrumentals, you’ll love this album. If you’re fans of Necrophagist, Spawn Of Possession, Obscura, Beyond Creation and Atheist, Absentia has the right balance of progressive and technical death metal that should not be slept on.
Overall Score: 9.0/10
Review by Jake Butler