Aversed – Impermanent

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AVERSEDReviewed: April 2021
Released: 2021, Self-Released
Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Kat Knite

Progressive melodic death metal band Aversed have broken through the mould with their first full-length album Impermanent. Following up to their two previous EP’s, they are back with a bang after taking time apart so members could focus on other musical endeavours and high-level live performance opportunities, including Seven Spires, one member playing live for Allegaeon/Continuum and another for Begat The Nephilim, as well as previously being members of Unflesh and Solium Fatalis. Intentionally taking almost two years to complete this beast of a record, the band has focused all their energy to nail every sonic detail to perfection – and it shows.

For fans of Arch Enemy, Soilwork, Nightwish, Allegaeon, Ne Obliviscaris, The Gathering, and In Flames, be aware that this album isn’t for the faint of heart. Prepare to be enveloped by a unique sound defined by extremely skilled and experienced musicianship, perfected by the vocals of Haydee Irizarry, a woman who holds her power atop it all. Whether it be the intensity of her screams and growls amidst the chaos, or the rich and addictive tone of her clean singing, there’s no mistaking her voice or her talent. Mixed and mastered by Christian Donaldson (Cryptopsy, The Agonist, Shadow Of Intent), Impermanent displays top-tier production quality – a must when combining all the potency and nuance this group has to offer.

If you dare, enter the world of Impermanent and be entirely captivated by the integration of old and new sounds bellowing from the quintets expressive and cavernous reservoir of sound. Like vicious bouts of poisonous wind dark as soot, blackened and violent death metal monsters terrorise the pastures of beautiful and unusual orchestral, jazz, blues, and classic rock elements that lay woven hopefully within. Should you choose to brace yourself and wander through the abyss, you will come to realise the exquisite duality of life these sounds represent, the stark difference between sections in a singular song a shocking and effective manner with which to shake the brain.

Lyrically focused on personal topics like anxiety and depression faced by members of the band (something many can relate to), the music dives even deeper into the fear and doom of Earth’s environmental collapse. Surely, at a time like ours now, global conditions of all sorts are affecting mental health more and ever. Reflected by the dynamic musical landscape, the beauty and balance lie in the minds of Aversed, who view “this inevitable human destruction as a chance for a beautiful rebirth, a chance for new life to flourish.” Amidst anger and pain, they search for “pockets of beauty” that inspire them and prove that the creation of art is worth it.

Impossible to grasp in one go, Impermanent weaves the listener in and out of twists and turns, mountains and valleys, and ruthless sandstorms in endless deserts that show us respite only in the form of an occasional oasis. When one replenishes from the waters of such a sanctuary, one realises the profundity of the aqua is fluid and endless – a universe of time and possibility. Allow your mind to bend with the wavelengths of the sound, and be thrown into utter appreciation for the multidimensional vastness in the songwriting. Stunning melodies driven by gorgeous dark guitars and held solid by an impassioned but steady rhythm section are topped with resonant vocals, particularly notable on songs like ‘Close My Eyes’, ‘Abandoned’, and the title track, ‘Impermanent’. Further layered with ambient sounds, like the calming and melancholy rain in ‘Abandoned’, these songs are for the dedicated listener who can feel the range on the subtle end, and the intensely severe, technical end – both of which exemplify such refinement from the musicians in Aversed that it is simply mind-boggling.

Heavy, intelligent, inspiring, and plain bad-ass, the band are a force to be reckoned with and learned from. As I walked and sometimes crawled for what seemed like years, I came across green pastures made eerie by night-dark winds, fell upon dry desert sands and stumbled into other landscapes from hell… At the end, as I jumped into that final oasis, it transcended to a wide, open sea, my body eternally soaked to the bone with the welcoming chill of the bottomless and unknown.

Find out for yourself just how deep this one goes, and buy the brand new album, Impermanent, by Aversed now!


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Tracklisting:

1. Natsukashi
2. Close My Eyes
3. Laboratory
4. Impermanent
5. Abandoned
6. Solar Sea
7. Malaise
8. Spiraling
9. Nightshade

Band line-up:

Haydee Irizarry – Vocals
Sungwoo Jeong – Guitars
Alden Marchand – Guitars
Peter Albert de Reyna – Bass
Jeff Saltzman – Drums

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