Release date: 19 March 2021
Format reviewed: High-quality Digital Recording
Aversed is a progressive, melodic, death metal band, that has made a solid name for themselves. Their thought-provoking lyrics, genius lead vocals, and instruments put them forward as they venture into new territory on their album “Impermanent”. An explanation of this album is described by lead singer Haydee Irizarry, (I will only quote a portion of it).. “presents our own struggles with anxiety and depression reflected on the backdrop of environmental collapse of earth… This inevitable human destruction as a chance for a beautiful rebirth…”
Reading her quote in full tells me that this album possesses equal moments of darkness and hope. Wrath, fury, deepened sadness, and a looking for light in consuming shadows.
Current band members consist of Haydee Irizarry, vocals, Sungwoo Jeong, guitars/vocals, Alden Marchand, guitars, Jeff Saltzman, drums and Peter Albert de Reyna, bass, with two EPs, in 2011 and 2016, one single in 2020 and “Impermanent” being their first full-length album to be released in March of this year. “Aversed” are currently unsigned, but I think a label will scoop them up in the near future. They are a band that shows progression and strong talent. The album is nine (9) tracks that I will now tell you about.
The first track, “Natsukashi”, begins in piano, building melodies to a harder thrash guitar rhythm taking over. Haydee sings in deep guttural growls shifting into high operatic tones without effort. Clean, uplifting vocals playing back and forth to guitars and drums backing and exploding. The guitar solo in this is performed excellently.
The second track, “Close My Eyes” is an immediate thrash guitar and drums that are hard-hitting. Vocals are again the change-up from harsh to clean, with the voice feeling powerful and emotional. Instruments are supportive and furious providing the balance to this track.
The third track, “Laboratory”, beginning slower with machinery sounds in the background. Guitars build that darker tone present in this nodd to technical metal. The track has that cold, unfeeling harshness and the vocals by Haydee stay in the growled format.
The fourth track, “Impermanent”, is a softer melancholic sound of rushing water as the brief intro. Riffs hit hard, slamming drums, to a keyboard portion. The vocal is angsty to growling.
The fifth track, “Abandoned”, beautiful lyrics, emotional, and a stand-out favorite for me. The sixth track, “Solar Sea”, atmospherical, slower guitar, variations of that. The skill of instruments takes a front seat on this track.
The seventh track, “Malaise” and the eighth track “Spiralling” are solid tracks, but leave me with the same taste in my mouth in their similarities.
The last track is “Nightshade”, bringing atmosphere and more of Haydee’s blistering vocals. Soon the vocal changes to the clean style that complement and expand on the skill of guitar and drums.
The ending puts me in mind of a sunset, with the gradual fading and whispering of sound. I’ve heard enough to know that Aversed shows promise for the growth of their sound, but this album is very good. All the right elements to catapult this band out of obscurity. 7.5/10 Metal Marie
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