Alterius -Voyager E.P.
First thing everyone notices about buying music is what the album looks like. Voyager has a clean planetary photo for the cover art.
The first track is “ A citadels Demise“ It starts with a great drum intro, nothing over the top in length but just enough that you know you are in for some good metal. The guitars come in, and you get an upbeat metal sound with chugging riffs, then the vocals break through the sound. They aren’t trying to ease their way into anything here. This is the musical equivalent to an intense cage fight. Once you hit play there is no going back you are going for a ride. For just shy of 5 minutes Alterius keeps you rolling with their punches. Subtlety is not what these guys are going for, more along the lines of blunt force trauma. Right around the 2:30 mark you experience the rush and whirlwind of the guitars. This is not your average guitar sound either, by the end of the guitar solos you get that old school guitar squeal sound many familiar with metal will recognize instantly. Great track to start an album with.
2) “Cast into purgatory“ boom right into drums and guitars with a quick attack before the first verse. Right after the first verse you get that long drawn guitar and ride cymbal beat that everyone getting ready to go into a pit has heard before. This is the precursor for that destroy everything pit feeling. This song has all the elements of Massachusetts metal, that has made the north-east characteristically famous for. Then on to the slow punchy verse and drums right into a light piano and drum groove setting you up for an up tempo verse. Shortly after a double bass drum assault and guitar riff introducing you to the guitars creativity for solo riffing once again. This time a slow melodic solo that eases into a progressing beat and harmonizing guitars. If your head isn’t moving at this point you don’t have the volume to the required level. The song ends on a very subtle guitar, piano, drum send off. So smooth its like the guy in the Olympic curling team sending that kettle across the ice. No frills, no effects, just a final note that carries off.
3) “Catalyst Machine“ starts with a quick little drum set up for a nice slow groove offset by a blasting groove. Bass drum and ride cymbal ringing out with each strike. A nice double bass, and guitar chugging groove. Perfect for absolute destruction inside a pit. If you are listening to this song you will have your head moving, imagining you are getting ready to jump right in to a pit. Pure adrenaline flowing numbing any current, or future pain you may incur, or inflict. Some quick guitar solos this track is mostly that slower style groove you can move to. This is one of those songs you bob your head, follow the groove and want to be on the mic singing along too. A nice slow double bass beat followed by quick fast 16th note double bass beats I am tapping my feet while listening to it. Finishes off with just a nice chugging riff to end out the song.
4) “Sanctuary” has a great quick guitar set up for some blast beat style drumming into a nice guitar solo giving you a sense of what the song has to offer. Some great guitar playing early on right away. Into a cymbal set up for the first verse, with a great groove of guitars, and drums following with the vocals. Then into a slow punchy verse with some low tuned guitars and nice drum fills to set up each chugging riff. At the 1:49 it picks up to a fast paced drum beat and guitar build up to the vocals “You no longer see, what life has given me, SANCTUARY SANCTUARY!“ Love this if you don’t find yourself wanting to sing that line with Joe you need to pack it up and go home. Bam guitar solo with some nice drums in the background. I cant tell you who is soloing when but the guitars that make up this band are skilled. Double bass roll out to the last verse keeping the intensity level there with the rhythm guitar and lead guitar you can follow. Killer track that can pump you up.
5) “Voyager“ the title track to this album starts out great, like a song you can go into battle listening to. Quick guitar riff into a nice solid double bass and guitar chugging riff you can groove to. You know this song has something up its sleeve. And boom a nice guitar effect to set up the first verse. This song should have your undivided attention. When the verse kicks in its one of those solid riffs you can just follow right along to. Once they go into a slower groove its just setting you up for some heaviness. Progressing into another great guitar effect almost fading right into a technical beat you just have to enjoy. If you don’t then you just don’t get it. These guys aren’t trying to undersell their talents. These guys are bringing it 100%. An equal blend of technical and brutal you may find yourself getting ready to just break out and start throwing some hay-makers.
All in all this album is a great addition to any metal head and hardcore fans collection. The album sounds like something that has come out of a great recording studio and mixed and mastered by someone who has been in the metal scene for decades. For a debut 5 song EP these guys already seem to know what they are doing, and what they want to accomplish. They aren’t looking to blend in with all the other metal acts you hear day in and day out. They are establishing their own sound. If you are a fan of metal, Alterius should be on your playlist. For fans of bands like Sevenday Curse, Diecast, older Shadows Fall, and At the Gates and a lot of others. Alterius gives you a great blend of elements making them the next hardcore metal band you discover and became a favorite.
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