A superb combination between technological artifacts and melodic song writing, augmented by spellbinding female vocals, somewhere between The Gathering, Cocteau Twins and Dead Can Dance.
A superb combination between technological artefacts and melodic
song writing, augmented by spellbinding female vocals.
Aenima's debut, "Revolutions", caused quite an impression
on both press and fans, who were unanimous in their praise
when it came to live shows as well. The band have been compared in the past
to the likes of Cocteau Twins, The Gathering, The
Third and the Mortal, Faith and the Muse or Dead Can
Dance, and now "Never Fragile" brings forth a sharper
side of Aenima, properly seasoned after outstanding live appearances
in notorious international festivals such as the M'era Luna Festival,
in Germany. Although they have hardly dropped the ethereal moods of
their debut album, Aenima have improved their recipe which
bridges the gap between a clever use of technological artefacts and
conventional rock compositions with a skilled use of melody, groove
"Forlorn" opens in a mournful, dirge-like manner,
and gradually climbs to its zenith, with the female vocals voice rising
from lament to crystal clear soprano tones. Drums and bass provide
an escort in her grievous march, clad with a veil of twinkling guitars
and subtle keyboard undertones, as opposed to the heavier posture
found in "At the Edge of a Cliff" with its hard,
"The Light", perhaps the disc's most easily memorable
track, has been used as the closing track for the band's set at the
M'era Luna performances and shows Aenima's brighter face, with
an approach that seems to draw some Pop sensitivities to their dark
rock, which acquires a more introspective and melancholic tone again
Last but not least, "Rapture"
begins in a rather celestial mood, and leads Aenima through
a slightly more synthetic path to close up "Never Fragile".
This CDEP comes in full colour colour digipak, with varnished cover.