Fasten your seatbelt and enjoy your trip in latest AVER’s spaceship !
Australian quartet continues its exploration into deeper space with their new album Orbis Majora out on Ripple Music. Beware of the ship hold ! It is full of stoner rock blaster rifles and psychedelic grenades.
How is the sound ?
Never forget the Aussies ! While we stay more focused on super prolific European and American scenes, we sometimes forget to widen our visual range. Hopefully, there is always a band from this faraway (and promised) land to remind us how creative they are. And this time, oracles do not come from Melbourne and do not answer to the name of King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard or Holy Serpent. No, this time, the sacred message comes from Sydney’s prophets AVER. Their teaching, entitled Orbis Majora, is remarkably shaped as a deep space rock journey tinted of stoner influences.
Opening track “Feeding The Sun” works as a rocket launch. Calm before the great departure reigns while explorers embark in the starship. The sound of an airy violin prepares them softly but surely to the extraterrestrial experience they are engaged in. AVER displays a whole spectrum of psychedelia in a progressive perspective, from hazy folks approach to a heavier and electrified riffery. It is like soaring melodies were recreating the acceleration of a space vessel reaching its cruise speed : step by step the music dives into space rock territories and drops us into an exotic adventure.
The shape of the second one “Disorder” is more common but very efficient. After a classic space rock build-up, a crushing stoner rock section begins. The song ends with delightful solos performed by both guitarists. “Last Goat Out Of Pompeii” is one of my favorite track. It opens in a mysterious atmosphere (hear that trippy bass :p ) that won’t miss reminding you Tool. Then, Burdt starts a more screaming singing. Along with harder drumming, both elements drops the sound into a raging stoner rock. Cool yeah ? Just wait one minute and a half : thunderous riffs comes with a kind of flanger that gives a taste of Millenium Falcon’s lightspeed.
Fourth track “Unanswered Prayers” will please Elder worshipers. The song begins with a 3 minutes-long dreamy intro. Tension increases as fuzzy riffs become louder. The sound is deeply rooted in heavy psych vibes and clearly testifies a deepening in their music. Last one “Hemp Fandango” highlights their passion for 70’s rock with a crazy wah guitar chorus. Then, it follows the same logic as the previous tracks, quite new compared to their previous albums by the way. It might forecast the direction the band could take for future productions.
Overall, Orbis Majora impresses by its majestic coherence and maturity. Balancing between aerial soundscapes and epic spacial conquest episodes, AVER takes the listener by the hand from the take off to the way back to planet Earth. The album appears as a flourishing journey with these four Aussies in the role of outer space guides. The experience is not only audio, it is visual. It definitely has something to do with cinema.
Why is this album worth listening to?
- Because AVER recipe is made of a great variety of psychedelic ingredients, from folk inspirations to supersonic space rock riffery.
- Because our Australian fellows show a great mastery in alternating paces. Movements between contemplative passages and epic rushes create a real space odyssey.
- Because Australian psychedelic scene deserves you get into it. You have my word : you will not regret.
In what situation you should listen to this album?
When it is late a night, you are high and you want to enjoy a last trip before to fall asleep.
Unanswered Prayers, The Last Goat Out Of Pompeii
For Fans Of
Tool, Elder, Weedpecker
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