“H – E – A – V – Y“, “High Octane“, “Raisin Hell“, that somehow hints to something more powerful, doesn’t it? AESTHESIA are a band from Ohio, which already was founded in the Eighties and in the time since released at least four CDs, unfortunately band info as well as the (unfortunately not very informative) homepage are rather discreet about this…
Well, at least the info tells me a bit about the influences of the band, here they state AC/DC, JUDAS PRIEST, QUEENSRYCHE, VAN HALEN and KROKUS as well as, especially with KROKUS I can definitely agree, because energetic Heavy Rock is the metier of this quartet from Bellville, where you can hear that they play together for quite some while now.
“H – E – A – V – Y“ lives up to its title, riffy Heavy Rock, stomping, with a mid pitched, gritty voice, nothing that really puts a high demand on you, but goes into the blood right away, without needing too much activity of the brain (and this is not meant negatively!). Some AC/DC-isms can be found in the title track “Drawn To The Flame“, here and there with a slightly bluesy guitar, while “Coming Back For You“ sounds surprisingly Melodic Rock, more polished, with less power in the guitar, sounds a bit misplaced on this CD.
But with “Born To Rock“ they are back in their usual waters, with a lot more crunchy guitars and vocals, which is even furthered with the closing “Raisin Hell”, with a lot of power in the six strings, the song reminds me of someone, but I have no clue who, still, a really strong track!
OK, innovation is not the keyword with AESTHESIA, but with good old Rock you can go without that, “Drawn To The Flame” definitely rocks! (Online June 27, 2004)