Instrumental albums are intriguing and puzzling. “The Ironic Divide” is an album composed of four tracks and its tittle tells about the songs herein which go from the Heavy Rock grip to Art Rock bordering Progressive Metal – or getting into it. All of them spiced with some Doom Metal passages here and there. Each track tells a story and Aziola Cry had four different ways of telling stories. It’s fantastic the way instrumental bands as Aziola Cry translate into music their minds. I mean the way they thing to express their feelings and thoughts through the use of some features. In this very particular case here, the band opted to use lots of influences. Each track use different features from Heavy music with a highlight to the very creative drumming.
The album is opened up with “And Cowards” and its Black Sabbath’s mood. It’s not that big influence, but the fan will notice some Sabbath’s influences here and there. Heavy Rock, though, gives most of the taste of the track with their tight and precise guitar chords full of overdrive. The general mood in “The Ironic Divide” is enigmatic and in a way related to some sci-fi narrative. That’s the narrative twenty-minute tittle track “The Ironic Divide” tells the fan. Full of strummings exploring different sonancies the track makes the fan travels through time and space. By the middle of it the thing gets more serious when the guitar starts to play with distortions and dissonances clearly in the mood of the 1960s. This track shows an interesting mix of modern guitar techniques and features with classic ones. There’s a lot of the things Jimmy Page used to do alive immortalized in “The Song Remains the Same.” Led Zeppelin are a clear influence to the track when it coes to the use of echoes and feedbacks. Again a highlight to the drumming and the subtle swing impressed in the song. Last, but not least, “Scars Now Rest Where Once Bore Wings” delivers more of the 1960s influences here with a guitar full of fuzz. The tone of the drums sparks the attention because it is tuned the way drummers used to tune in the 1960s if my musical memory serves me right. By the way, the way the instrument is played is also from the 1960s.
Good instrumental album for the ones who love the 1960s with some modern features.
Aziola Cry “The Ironic Divide” will be released on March 16th via Sensory.
- And Cowards
- Hollow Reflections
- The Ironic Divide
- Scars Now Rest Where Once Bore Wings
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