This review originally appeared on Crown of Viserys January 20 2015 and written by Dustin Ekman.
“Starting off with pretty much what I was hoping to hear, Aethyr‘s Corpus quickly turns a different corner than expected. The album’s opener, “Nihil Grail” begins with an incredibly slow riff, but instead of the death growl vocals I was thinking I was to be treated to, something closer to a blackened scream emanated from my speakers.
It didn’t take long for me to realize that Corpus was becoming less of what I wanted to hear and more of what I needed to hear.
Permutations and evolutions of riffs are all over this album, and since it is in the doom arena, the riffs move at such a glacial pace. The crushing of funeral doom becomes the complex and all-encompassing post-metal. The High on Fire inspired stoner doom becomes an almost rock riff with blackened vocals overlaid, then slides back, almost imperceptibly, into the High on Fire riffage. Solos take forever and are soaked in beautiful wah pedal sounds. The songs blend together beautifully over nearly an hour, causing time to lose meaning, sight to become touch, and vision to become smell.
Then the last two minutes of the final song comes crashing in. Doom becomes a thing of the past, and a strange amalgam of grind and post metal ushers in the finale.
Aethyr have crafted an album of brilliant doom metal that should satisfy almost every fan of the genre. There is literally bits and bobs of everything here, from Black Sabbath and Electric Wizard to Sleep and High on Fire, and even some Legions of Crows and Junius. I highly recommend this album.” – Dustin Ekman (Crown Of Viserys)
Aethyr’s Corpus will be available for pre-order February 5 and will release internationally February 19.