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Aeges

The Bridge

(Mylene Sheath; US: 17 Apr 2012; UK: 16 Apr 2012)

Aeges play a fairly uninspired brand of hard rock/nu-metal that involves plenty of fuzz guitar (good), repetitively pounding rhythms (neutral) and whiny, emo-esque vocal delivery (just plain bad). Debut album The Bridge brings little if anything new to the noisy-music table, instead preferring to recycle nu-metal riffage and simpleminded melodies, or none at all, while turning everything up to eleven. Not all the songs are horrible – title track “The Bridge” chugs along nicely, while album closer “Fade Out” benefits from some tasty guitar licks – but most of them are thoroughly unmemorable. This is the kind of music that frat boys will blast for a semester before everyone forgets about them forever.

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DAVID MAINE is a novelist and essayist. His books include The Preservationist (2004), Fallen (2005), The Book of Samson (2006), Monster, 1959 (2008) and An Age of Madness (2012). He has contributed to The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Esquire.com and NPR.com, among other outlets. He is a lifelong music obsessive whose interests range from rock to folk to hip-hop to international to blues. He currently lives in western Massachusetts, where he works in human services. Catch up with his blog, The Party Never Stops, at davidmaine.blogspot.com, or become his buddy on Facebook (or Twitter or Google+ or whatever you prefer) to keep up with reviews and other developments.


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