(Hope Prevails Productions) Enslain Magazine Volume 2, Issue 1 Aletheian blend influences from every source of modern underground metal imaginable. You can hear the technical splendor of Death and Extol, the off-timings of Meshuggah, the hardcore punch of Zao, and the progressive edge of Dream Theater, all tied neatly into a melodic and dark little package.
The mix of influences is sometimes noticeably distinct, but generally comes together to create a technically proficient melodic metal mixture. The resulting sound is unimaginably European for a band from my home state of Pennsylvania. The guitarwork is impassioned and inspired, the riffs are dramatic and dynamic, and the few solos are tasteful and fitting. The vocals fluctuate from death growls to ungodly black screeches, with occassional clean passages. Subtle keyboards round out the sound and help give fullness to the near-immaculate production.
As an alumni of the Cornerstone festival, it is obvious that Alethian is a Christian band, but lyrically they don't shove it down your throat, so don't let that scare you off. They do, however, have a habit of writing pretentiously multi-syllabic lyrics, but I'm willing to forgive that. The whole package is very professional for a band that has no label-mates.
Other than the closing instrumental "Burnt Offerings", which is epic and soothing, there's not a lot of variation from one song to the next, so no song really stands out from the rest. Instead, each song is equally as creative as the last, with similar arrangements and mid-song style changes, remaining melodic all the while. This being said, it still has a tendency to drag on a little. There's really no other criticism to give, "Dying Vine" is brilliant and inspiring, and I hope it gets the chance it deserves.