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Hailing from Germany, Aeverium is the metal ensemble to look out for as their energetic sophomore album, “Time”, is here and it is packed with the trademark soundscape and vocal harmonies that made their debut album “Break Out” (2015) stand-out as an original take on the gothic formula. Though fairly young, having been formed in 2013, Aeverium has been very busy touring, playing festivals (including the famous gothic fest M’Era Luna in 2014 and 2016), and making many new fans in the process. I got a chance to see them live while they were on tour with Kamelot, last year, and many of you had the opportunity to check them out as they were on tour with Delain and Lord of the Lost this year. You can still see Aeverium at one of the many festivals they will be playing at this summer to promote their newest album.
3. What about me
5. Brave new world
6. Can’t break me down
8. Vale of shadows
9. World inside my head
10. My farewell
Of course when talking about gothic metal, Italian band Lacuna Coil comes to mind, but unlike them, Aeverium’s music has a distinct industrial vibe à la Rammstein that gives them a fair amount of harshness. And “Time” builds on that foundation and serves to cement Aeverium’s sound and status as a preeminent and innovative band with a fresh perspective on what a metal act can achieve if it dares to push the music a bit in a different direction. Hard and heavy are the key words to describe this new release as both the instrumental, and Aeva Maurelle’s and Marcel Roemer’s vocal delivery give the songs an aggressive edge that works extremely well overall. I love the fact that they didn’t restrict themselves at singing in only one style and experiment with whispers, harsh vocals, growls and operatic vocalizing on the space of the album, elevating the ‘beauty and the beast’ approach to a whole new level. Vocally, this is a bit experimental but the band has a very well-defined core sound that ties everything together perfectly. Also there’s a good balance between the two main singers as both manage to show their skills and vocal ranges without overpowering or shadowing the other and “Resurrected” really puts them in the spotlight.
I highly appreciate the gradual build of the album as it starts with two not-that-heavy but still melodic tracks (“Hunted” and “Time”) and then shifts into a higher gear with the energetic, rap-oriented “What About Me”. After the not-so-soft “Home” (that guitar solo is really something), it’s all uphill as the album gains momentum with the faster and heavier tracks – “Brave New World” where we can hear Marcel doing some harsh vocals, and growls, and “Can’t Break Me Down” where the bass line is superb and so is the chorus. “Resurrected” is the ballad of the album with some power metal feel to it, followed by the symphonic metal piece “Vale of Shadows” and the anthemic “World Inside My Head”, each boosting a very good, catchy chorus. The album closes with the piano-driven “My Farewell” that showcases Aeva’s beautiful voice.
Aeva Maurelle (vocals)
Marcel “Chubby” Roemer (vocals)
Michael Karius (guitars)
Lars Dannenbers (bass)
Andreas Delvos (keyboards)
Bodo Stricker (drums)
The deluxe edition comes with an additional eight stripped down acoustic versions of songs from both “Time” (“The World Inside my Head”, “Home”, “Brave New World”, “Time”, and “My Farewell”) and “Break out” (“Rest in Peace”, “What are You Waiting for”, and “To Live Forever”) and goosebumps all the way are well assured.
I love it when a band drops the electric guitar in favour of the acoustic guitar as it brings up a new side of the band and give the songs a new dimension. Needless to say everything is top-notch
as the songs work well as acoustic renditions, steered by the beautiful voices of both Aeva and Marcel. I love the fact that Marcel also gets a chance to sing “My Farewell”, and being a sucker
for exquisite male vocals, his version of this song is my favorite.
It takes a few listens to wrap your head around this album as the music is layered. The very neat combination of guitar riffs and keyboard work serves as a basis for the great vocal choruses they employ to give the songs more intensity and dynamism. There are some philosophical lyrics that give the album some depth and emotion (“Time”, and “What About Me”) and as far as I can tell, time is their go-to theme because both albums have at least one song that deals with this passing of time. Indeed, fugit irreparabile tempus, as the Latin dictum goes.
I give “Time” a solid 8.5 / 10
Go to http://www.aeverium.com/ and check out the band and the remaining tour dates.