Aeges has gone from buzz band to road dogs and back again over their career. From touring the nation and playing big festivals, to building a following in their hometown of Los Angeles, they have been a group many would label “the next big thing”. Continue reading →
Los Angeles rock band ÆGES have signed a worldwide recording deal with Another Century (Century Media imprint) and are current recording their new full length album with producer Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Rob Zombie).
Band vocalist/guitarist Kemble Walters stated:
“We’re all excited to announce our signing to Another Century. We’ve seen what they’ve done with their other artists and can’t wait to see what they’ve got planned for us. We are currently in the studio with Bob Marlette making a slamming record. We definitely didn’t skimp out on the nasty riffs and fat hooks! 2015 has been amazing and 2016 is going to be an even bigger year for us. Believe me when I say ‘we’re all buckled up and ready to roll!’”
In the meantime, the band has a brief tour supporting Local H:
Jun 12: The Loving Touch – Ferndale, MI Jun 13: Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH Jun 14: Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA Jun 16: Mojo 13 – Wilmington, DE Jun 17: Great Scott – Allston, MA Jun 18: The Met – Pawtucket, RI Jun 19: Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY Jun 20: Rock and Roll Hotel – Washington, DC Jun 22: Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC Jun 23: The Mothlight – Asheville, NC Jun 24: The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA Jun 25: Saturn – Birmingham, AL Jun 26: EXIT/IN – Nashville, TN Jun 27: Cosmic Charlie’s – Lexington, KY Jun 29: Lyric Room – Green Bay, WI Jul 01: Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI
ALBUM III in the works. #Repost @drummermikeland with @repostapp.・・・Need more guitars #aegesalbum3
It has been 20 years since Corrosion of Conformity’s Deliverance and Pride and Glory’s self-titled established the first real successful integration of the sounds and styles of mainstream Southern American music and metal. New Southern (Nuclear Blast), the first offering from Oklahoman Young Guns Anti-Mortem, takes its roots in the guitar heavy Southern leanings of both, while also calling to mind Alter Bridge, SOiL, Shinedown at their heavier moments, NOLA era Down and Black Stone Cherry (before they started blaming everything on the Boom Boom).
If the lyrics are at times juvenile (‘I Get Along With The Devil’ and its multiple motherfuckers) Anti-Mortem (average age of 21) can be forgiven youthful exuberance. If at times they sway into stock Southern Metal territory, they can also be forgiven for allowing themselves to be over-polished by a big album producer, Bob Marlette (Shinedown, Seether) and playing it safe on their first album. To their credit, the metal edge shines through, and Anti-Mortem avoid any temptations for hokey acoustic campfire radio-friendly unit shifters, keeping the guitars to the fore all through the 12 tracks that make up their debut.
‘Words of Wisdom’ is an opening statement of intent, big guitars leading the way before impressive vocalist Lorado Romo takes over. In an era when great rock singers are a conspicuous by their absence, this kid has the pipes and personality to propel the band to great heights, and a couple of songs later with ‘100% Pure American Rage’ and ‘Hate Automatic’ Anti-Mortem really hit their groove, all sizzling riffs and powerful choruses. Other highlights include the rocking ‘Ride Of Your Life’ with a down-tuned stomp kick start that picks up pace, lead-off single ‘Stagnant Water’, a heavier, dirtier Black Stone Cherry,and personal favourite the Down meets Lynyrd Skynyrd ‘Jonesboro’, that tells the story of guitarist Zain Smith’s old man blustering his way out of trouble while hitch-hiking back to Oklahoma from Arkansas.
New Southern doesn’t redefine metal, but it could go a long way to setting Anti-Mortem, safely under the wing of kingmaker Monte Connor, on the path to great things. Promising.