Sound: After listening entirely through The Farthest Reaches, the debut album of the American metal band Son of Aurelius, three words were muttered from my mouth, This is insane! The sound of the album was meant to pound ears with complex riffs and intricate melodies. Every note is hit precisely and the guitarists bounce harmonies off each other like they can read each other's mind. Cary Geare and Chase Fraser are very talented, and even add the mathcore feel by changing time signatures frequently. Drummer Spencer Edwards never lets the energy die, always adding pounding bass drums kept at an incredibly fast pace. And do not forget bassist Max Zigman, who gets mad props for adding his own fast grooves to the already complexified songs. The album is roughly 37 minutes long, with the only break of the intensity is in the song The Calm, which is ironically the calmest song on the album. The solos produced by Fraser and Geare consist of melodic bends fused with harmonious arpeggios and sweeps that capture their talent in a simple thirty second time frame. Not only do the solos show talent, but they fit the songs, and are not just thrown in for pure fun.
The music never bored me through the first listen, and even on the third and fourth listen through I am still awed by the songs. Every song features completely different melodies, and the riffs are always changing you can always expect another jaw dropping riff or melody right around the corner. Do not forget the mixing quality; which happens to be spot on, sounding nothing like usual debut albums. Sons of Aurelius has a group of talented musicians to back up their name, and expect them to become highly regarded public figures for their work on the sound quality and perfection of the sound on this album. // 10
Lyrics: The vocals on the album are done by Josh Miller, and he knows how to belt out the most intense screams and growls. The growls can be overdone at times, but they fit the intensity of the music the band was going for. The lyrics seem to be dealing with Greek mythology at times, due to titles such as Facing the Gorgon, and Olympus is Forgotten This album features growls and screams, and any metal fan will love the pure sound of vocalist Josh Miller. // 8
Overall Impression: Overall, Son of Aurelius has produced a great debut album. Their future looks very promising and I as a metal fan am excited for what they will have in store next time. Any and every metal fan throughout the world should defiantly give this album, The Farthest Reaches, a listen through. For the metal guitarists, the guitarists are very talented and the leads and riffs on the album will be tough to master. For headbangers looking for some new music to completely pound through speakers, this album has quite the punch. Every metal fan should listen! // 9
- Sean Michael Gonzalez (c) 2010