Friday, August 2, 2013

Stevie Floyd/Aerial Ruin/2013 Split Album Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  self  released  split  between  Oregon's  Stevie  Floyd  and  Aerial  Ruin  which  was  released  in  2013  and  we  will  start  of  the  review  with  Aerial  Ruin  an  act  that has  been featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  dark  neo-folk  music.

  "Where  The  Shadow  Stands"  starts  of f  with  some  acoustic  guitars  and  clean  singing  bring  in  a  dark  folk  rock  sound  with t he  guitars  utilizing  both  finger  picking  and  full  chords  along  with  some  dark  and  depressive  lyrics.

  "November"  starts  off  with  some  powerful  full  chords  from the  guitars  before  the  soft  clean  singing  kicks  in  which  makes  the  acoustic  guitars  sound  even  more  powerful.

  "Less  Than  Deca"  starts  off  with  some  fast  finger  picking  and  melodic  vocals  which  also  utilize  some  back  up  parts  and  female  vocals  which  lead  yup  to  some  black  metal  style  whispers  before  before  returning  to  the  clean  singing.

  "Blood  For  Fall" starts  off  with  some  classical  music  style  finger  picking  and  then  the  psychedelic  folk  rock  vocals  kick  in  which  remain  that  way  towards  the  end  and  the  song  closes  with  a  full  chord.

  "Ascending"  starts  off  with  some  fast  finger  picking  on  the  guitars  before  the  dark  neo-folk  singing  kicks  in  along  with  some  more  higher  pitched  vocals  which  lead  to  some  full  chords  coming  out  into  the  music  along  with  some  female  vocals.

  "The  Only  Road"  starts  off  with  some  finger  picking  and  full  chords  from  the  guitars  and  then  the  60's  style  folk  rock  vocals  kick  in.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Aerial  Ruin  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  artist  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS INCLUDE  "November"  and  "Ascending".  RECOMMENDED.

  Next  up  is  Stevie  Floyd  a  solo  artist  that  plays  an  avant  garde  form  of  neo-folk  who  also  uses  Wrest  from  Leviathan  and  Aerial  Ruin  as  quests  on  her  songs.

  "You  Scatched  The  Sun"  starts  off  with  some  powerful  soundscapes,  exotic  sounding  acoustic  guitars,  folk  instruments  and  clean  singing  before  closing  with  psychedelic  sound  effects.

  "Failure"  starts  off  with  an  ambient  style  background,  finger  picking,  black  metal  screams,  clean  singing  male  and  female  vocals  before  the  guitars  start  throwing  in  some  full  chords  into  the  song  and  then  the  synths  get  more  powerful  and  the  vocals  darker  as w ell  as  some  drum  programming.

  "Wrest  In  Nature"  starts  off  with  some  ambient  synths,  female  chanting  and  grim  black  metal  vocal  sounds  for  a  couple  of  minutes  and  then  the  actual  singing  starts  kicking  in  with  some  Gregorian  chants  and  percussion  in  the  background  staying  that  way  for  while  until  the  song  closes  with  some  guitar  distortion.

  "Disappear"  starts  off  with  tribal  percussion,  ambient  soundscapes  and  clean  singing  male  and  female  vocals  which  have  an  exotic,  esoteric  new  age  feeling  to  them.

  "Ungod  Reapper"  starts  off  with  some  heavy  guitar  drones,  haunting  female  vocals  along  with  some  semi  influenced  black  metal  elements

  "This  Has  Gone"  starts  off with  a  distorted  ambient  drone  before  the  etherial  clean  singing  kicks  in with  the  song  being  very  short.

  In  my  opinion  Stevie  Floyd  is  a  very  great  sounding avant  garde  neo-folk  artist  with  the  best  music  on  this  split  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  her  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Wrest  In  Natur"  and  "Ungod  Reapper".  RECOMMENDED.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark  neo-folk  music,  you  should  add  this  album  to  your  collection.  RECOMMENDED  BUY.  

 

    

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