|Review: Aisling - Stone of Light|
|Stone of Light|
Label: Rising Records
Year released: 2008
Genre: Viking Metal
Review online: November 3, 2009
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
for:Stone of Light
Rated 3.71/5 (74.29%) (7 Votes)
Fourth outing from homemade Pagan wannabies Aisling, and if the challenge is to get through the fourth listen, then they've failed at the first hurdle. Musically, Stone of Light is odd, quirky, and actually quite intriguing. Their unique interpretation of the Viking Metal style takes us through many genres, featuring sharp, almost Power Metal-esque guitar work, Black Metal rasps which take precedence over a sparsely used female soprano, slow, dirge-like passages leading us into gothic territory, all topped off with epic orchestration and fantasy-laced lyrics.
The grey mélange fits somewhere between Thyrfring, Ensiferum, and Battlelore and is, occasionally, quite enjoyable. But the thin, fuzzy production feels like a dentist drill piercing the skull, dispelling every redeeming feature the album presented from the outset. I'm telling you, the production on this thing is so bad it makes St Anger look like a Broadway show, which is quite a shame because "Whispers from the Circle Tree" and "Life's Mirror" are great pieces of music that could really create some heat for the Italian quintet given the right distribution. Whether the poor sound was intentional or not, it seems Aisling have dug themselves a pretty big hole here, and considering they are four albums down the line, it doesn't look like climbing back up is an option to consider.
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