Aethereus began as a collaboration project between three friends and like-minded musicians (Kyle, Ben, and Shaun). Over the course of 2015, the three worked diligently to write and record the group’s debut EP “Ego Futurus” with the help of studio members Luis Martinez (Zenith Passage/Oblivion) and John Stratton (Eterna Nocturna/Embalmed). The EP was released in November of 2015 and met with an overwhelmingly positive reception.
In Spring of 2016, drummer Matt Behner (Fully Consumed/Year of Desolation) joined the ranks following the untimely passing of bass player, Shaun Hansen. With the additions of vocalist Vance Bratcher (The Devils of Loudon/Six Days of Darkness) and bassist Scott Hermanns (The Devils of Loudon/Blood and Thunder) the lineup became complete.
With renewed fervor and vehemence, the band is moving forward with a singular focus and has begun working on their forthcoming full-length album, “Absentia,” set to be released in Spring of 2018.
Absentia is the group’s first release with new members Matt Behner on drums (ex-Fully Consumed/ex-Year of Desolation) along with Vance Bratcher (Vocalist) and Scott Hermanns (Bassist) who play in the highly praised Seattle symphonic death metal outfit The Devils of Loudon. The new line-up rounds out an already strong musical foundation set by founding guitarists Kyle Chapman and Benjamin Gassman who have been writing together since their early days in 2008 and onwards in their previous project known as Seker.
Absentia is a journey into expansive progressive death metal, one deftly combined with elements of atmospheric death metal, ferocious technical death metal, and more overtly melodic death metal focused ends of the spectrum fused into a sound all their own. Aethereus cites influences ranging from Obscura, Spawn of Possession, Cynic, Fallujah, and Gorod which rightly shows in the ambitious and smartly crafted songs found on Absentia. Aethereus – Absentia is a prime death metal experience fans of the genre will go crazy for.
Guitarist Kyle Chapman comments on the upcoming release of Absentia
“Work on “Absentia” started back in January of 2016 shortly after the release of “Ego Futurus.” Shaun and Kyle had already been working on mapping out new songs and developing potential lyrical concepts. However, because of Shaun’s untimely passing, the album became something completely different. It went from a sort of weird self-indulgent sci-fi story to be about depression and loss, becoming both a point of frustration and catharsis. “Absentia” is loosely structured around the Kübler-Ross Five Stages of Grief (Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance). Musically, lyrically, and conceptually, the album follows the stages of grief and describes the experience of losing a loved one and the lasting impact that person’s absence has on an individual, a group, and life as a whole. It begins in a chaotic and bombastic manner, goes into some somber places, but ultimately ends on a somewhat hopeful note.”
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Aethereus – Absentia Track Listing
1. Cascades of Light
3. Mortal Abrogation
4. Fluorescent Halls of Decay (Ft. Brody Uttley of Rivers of Nihil)
6. That Which is Left Behind
7. The Black Circle
8. With You, I Walk
9. The Pale Beast
Aethereus – Absentia Line-Up
Vance Bratcher – Vocals (The Devils of Loudon/Six Days of Darkness)
Kyle Chapman – Guitar/Vocals
Ben Gassman – Guitar
Scott Hermans – Bass (The Devils of Loudon/ex-Blood and Thunder)
Matthew Behner – Drums (ex-Fully Consumed/ex-Year of Desolation)
Aethereus – Absentia Album Teaser 2018
Aethereus – Writhe
Aethereus – The Pale Beast
Band location – Tacoma, Washington
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