Monday, September 1, 2014

Ashes of Luna Present One of The Better Atmospheric Rock Bands With SI – 963 Hz

When you think atmospheric rock, you immediately think bands like Dio or Dragonforce, but Ashes of Luna is going to change that for you. They play a brand of rock that is both metallic in nature, but doesn’t limit the appeal by going in one direction or genre. With the release of “SI – 963 Hz” you are treated to one of the finer independent records in the alternative scope of music. It’s heavy, it’s pretty, it’s layered, and it will knock you on your butt if you’re not paying attention.

What surprises you immediately is the layered approach to the Ashes of Luna sound. There’s a lot going on and it’s not limiting at all. You get a symphonic introduction to the record, and then on comes the rock guitars and percussion. The vocal styling is solid, with good overall tones and you are never left out of the picture. Storytelling and musical integration is the name of the game here, and you are treated to a lavish display of glorious timing and precision playing.

This is not metal, so don’t get the complexity mixed up, and at the same time, don’t assume that it’s not hard rock either. There’s elements for every music fan here, and that’s perhaps the biggest strength that “SI – 963 Hz” has as an album. It’s track after track of multiple layers of rock fusion, and it never lets up. Once you start listening to this, you’re going to want to buckle in for a ride. It’s really a compelling mix of songs and structured to really get your mind’s eye focused on dreams. Close your eyes, and turn this up, you’ll swear you’re floating through time and space at times. This is a roller coaster of a record, and one that plays well as a whole, not in pieces. Don’t limit yourself to singles, put this on and pay close attention to all the elements found within the work that Ashes of Luna presents on the album.

This record is powerful, it’s melodic, it’s introspective, it has life and that’s the mark of a good band. Check out more from Ashes of Luna via their facebook here, and listen via Soundcloud here, and check out what very well may be the best atmospheric rock band I've heard in a long time.

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