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Live Review: Aeges at The Viper Room

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Rock music is very much alive and kicking. Since starting Audioeclectica, I’ve come across so many great bands. I’ve made it a point to try to go to as many shows of the bands I’ve written about, so I can see first hand how good they really are. Last night at the Viper Room, Aeges absolutely killed it. These gents really know how to put on a show. I would even dare many “bigger” bands to try to compete with the presence and energy that Aeges has when they are on stage. The dual vocals and guitar playing of Kemble Walters and Cory Clark go to another level live. They are so in tune with each other. The rhythm section of drummer Mike Land and bassist Tony Baumeister is one of the best I’ve seen in a long time. Mike plays with such tenacity and power, I was almost waiting for him to beat through his drums and Tony fits in the pocket perfectly. Their set consisted of songs from their albums The Bridge, Above and Down Below and their upcoming album Weightless. The new songs are quite good and are full of sweet melodies and riffs that will leave you playing air guitar for days. After the show was over not only did I want more, but they inspired me to go home and pick up my guitar and play around for a bit. That is what great music and bands like Aeges do. It’s bands like this that carry the torch and continue the tradition of what rock music was built upon.

Aeges are a band to look out for. Weightless is definitely an album that is very anticipated for me.  If they are in your area, go see them. You won’t be disappointed. If you like big hooks, soaring vocals, thick riffs, and thumping rhythms then Aeges is the band for you.

 

Another Wasteland:


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By: Brian Lacy

Photo: Alisa Lacy

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Album Review: Aeges- Above & Down Below

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Big hooks, thick riffs, and thumping rhythms all encompass the new album Above and Down Below by Los Angeles’s Aeges. Singer/Guitarist Kemble Walters lyrics are dark yet full of optimism. His voice compliments each chord and rhythm and at times is reminiscent of Steve Brodsky of Cave In. Both Walters and Corey Clarks guitar work on this album supersede their previous effort. The tone is clean yet with enough distortion to drive home the riffs. The bass of Tony Baumeister sits perfectly in the pocket while drummer Mike Land keeps it all going with his steady rhythms. This new album is 12 tracks of nothing but solid rock n roll. No filler! It has the right amount of influence from genres such as alternative, metal, post hardcore. The hooks aren’t cheesy, rather they are melodic with an aggression that allows the band to balance the heavy with the subtle nature of the songs.

I’ve listened to this album quite a few times and my favorite tracks so far are “Echoes,” “Parasite,” “Fault,” “Halos,” and “Wasted Time.” On the scale of 1-10 I would give this album a 9. It’s great and so is this band. They are on top of their game and it shows. In a time when there is a bunch of stale music out there Aeges is a breath of fresh air. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Above and Down Below. You won’t be disappointed. And Aeges are about to start a month long residency on Monday nights at the Silverlake Lounge in October!

 

 

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By: Brian Lacy