Released: 2003, Root Of All Evil
THE NEW ATHENS ETHOS is the third release from Aesma Daeva and it is definitely not for the weak hearted. They mix 90´s Doom Metal, with darkwave and classical music, while at the same time manage to show throughout the CD all kinds of experimentation and unexpected loops. It is evident that the band loves crating hypnotic passages and the best part is that they succeed in doing it. Most of the music comes from the minds of John Prassas and Melissa Ferlaak, the female vocalist who has an amazing control over her instrument.
THE NEW ATHENS ETHOS is full of interesting songs like “The Origin of the Muse”, “Lost Melody”, “The Sons of Heaven” and the dreamy “Artemis”, a song that is as exasperating as it is beautiful. “Hymn to the Sun”, the final song from this offering, could be classified as a Progressive Doom Metal, and it’s a great way to close the CD. I would like to add that in my copy of this release, which is the Digipack version released by Scarecrow Records, you can find as a bonus track “El Eros de la Belleza Frígida”, which in English translates as the bands second offering, THE EROS OF FRIGID BEAUTY. Unfortunately I have not had the chance to listen to that CD, so I can’t tell you if this song has anything to do with that release. I think it might, but I don’t really know.
Production wise is where I would say THE NEW ATHENS ETHOS has some flaws. The overall sound has an underwater feeling, if you know what I mean. It has a lot of deep and punchy end. In the guitar department, the acoustics sound awesome but unfortunately the distortion is not as nice as it could, it is sort of blurry or cheap. But don’t get me wrong, the production is still an ok one, but with so much orchestration, acoustics, distortion and all kinds of stuff going on, sometimes things seem to get lost somewhere out in space.
All in all, if you are fans of the aforementioned musical genres and textures, I highly encourage you to get your hands on the third release from Aesma Daeva. They surely have a lot of originality and quality going on. Before ending this review, I want to insist in the great hypnotic feeling and experimentation that the band manages to create. It is amazing and deserves a palm in the back. Stay Heavy!!!