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How to classify this debut album from Boston based quartet Aviations offers something of a conundrum. Alternative, metal, progressive, jazz, ambient and experimental all come to mind but since the band appear to have been embraced by the djent community then that is as good a place as any to start. Periphery and Meshuggah are perhaps the two names that are most closely associated with the genre that for some will be simply far too inaccessible and perplexing to even contemplate and certainly much of ‘A Declaration of Sound’ is testimony to this school of thought. Would be purchasers can expect rapidly shifting moods and tempos, oblique song structures and a vocalist that would sound far more at home fronting pop-punkers Fall Out Boy as opposed to anything remotely resembling hard rock or metal.

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For those of you still with me then there is some exemplary musical virtuosity on display here, notably from guitarist Sam Harchik and drummer James Knoerl who take turns leading the songs off into soaring jams via hypnotic percussion grooves, discordant riffing and even a languid lounge room jazz interlude during ‘Intents In Tents’. But the high pitched and nasal vocals of Adam Benjamin grates on the senses before too long and, together with the almost total absence of anything that could be described as hook or chorus, will be enough to turn off many of the Fireworks and Rocktopia faithful. 

If you have failed to be impressed by Periphery, currently one of the leading exponents of the djent style, then it would seem highly unlikely that there will be much to tempt you about Aviations and caution is advised.

Dean Pedley

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John said:

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smilies/sad.gif smilies/sad.gif This is a horrible review, most likely written by someone of old age who tends to only respect the classic sound of metal. These guys have a lot of depth to their songs and parts as individual players. Check them out here. aviations.bandcamp.com
 
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