In ÆGES (pronounced “ages”), ambitious rock n’ roll soundscapes and melodies the size of mountains are the electrifying result of four men from diverse musical backgrounds united by their shared love of loud guitars, big drums and catchy songs. Since joining forces in Downtown Los Angeles, guitarists/vocalists Kemble Walters and Cory Clark, drummer Mike Land and bassist Tony Baumeister have concocted a thrilling sound that’s both nostalgic and forward thinking.
ÆGES has made the improbable marriage of massive extremes their hallmark, steering beyond the simple combination of sonic crunch and melodic hooks into a hypnotizing and enchanting lane occupied by pioneering acts like Queens Of The Stone Age and Soundgarden. The group has earned accolades from respected outlets like BrooklynVegan, Decibel, Exclaim!, MetalSucks, Guitar World, and Alternative Press; shared stages with Tool, Coheed & Cambria, Thrice, Buckcherry, FLOOR, and Local H; and joined tastemaker festivals like Fun Fun Fun Fest, Power Of The Riff, and South By Southwest. The interplay between Walters and Clark in particular is an absolute standout all over Weightless, the most fully realized work from ÆGES thus far. The duo’s separate screams, blending harmonies, jagged duels and unrelenting passion simply blow the doors down. Weightless is as fierce and chaotic as it is earnest and atmospheric. For their first album with Another Century, ÆGES worked with veteran rock producer Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Shinedown, Rob Zombie, Seether) and mixer/Saosin guitarist Beau Burchell (The Bronx, Emery, Middle Class Rut), with additional production on a couple of the Weightless tracks handled by the band themselves. The Bridge (2012) was a guitar driven affair whose singular focus gave way to the even bigger sonic tapestry found onAbove & Down Below (2014), cementing ÆGES as four players with distinctive strengths that combine to make something virtually unrivaled today, as clearly evidenced by every single song on Weightless.
The new record from ÆGES takes listeners on a journey to a place somewhere between The Green Albumby Baroness,Colour & The Shape by Foo Fighters, and Superunknown by Soundgarden. Weightless is fully charged by powerful guitars, pounding drums, rich melodies, and delays veering between dense and sometimes sparse. Massive sonic heft, magical melodies, odd – time signatures and raw power cohabitate with transcendent catchiness throughout, as various combinations of sonic strength and spacey noise build tension that is both organic and dramatic, earning each of the album’s biggest moments with authentic earnestness. ÆGES has mastered the slow psychedelic jam as well, intertwining all of these elements with desert rock, flashes of prog, and thick guitars that ebb and flow. ÆGES is prone to experiment with dissonant sounds without the pretensions of art – rock; they swing for the fences with unabashedly huge vocal hooks, without the vapidity of pop rock. This is a band with unstoppable potential, owing much to the fact that they can shake the earth with grandiose bombast without the boundaries and limitations of hard rock, hardcore – punk or any associated subculture. With nothing tying ÆGES down, their future is truly Weightless.
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