Stevie Floyd / Aerial Ruin – Split
Damn, something completely different from what I’m used to reviewing. And in split-form, nonetheless! Okay then, I’m open-minded enough to check this out. We’re first greeted to Aerial Ruin’s portion ov the split, and upon doing research into where this guy’s from, I came up with an exasperating lack ov information on the various sites I follow. Even with Facebook, the only source ov information I got was that this is a solo project from the mastermind ov thrash metal magnate Epidemic, Erik Moggridge. Stevie Floyd is the goddess behind psychedelic doom metal band Dark Castle, but in this solo release, she does something different. Let me tell you this straight-out: it is not thrash nor doom metal the listener will encounter here, but soothing and haunting acoustic guitar interludes accompanied by clean singing on Aerial Ruin’s side and wintery, desolate ambience from Stevie Floyd. And for a guy who dwells primarily in the distorted and ravenous depths ov black metal, I really enjoyed this. And, given the reader demographic on our lovely portal to vice and oblivion, I bet you would too!
Let’s do Aerial Ruin’s side first. Here’s his side ov the album art!
Thinking on what the initial judgment I had when listening to Where the Shadow Stands, I’d compare it perhaps to early folk rock like Simon and Garfunkel or maybe more advanced folk as seen in Ulver’s Kveldssanger. One thing I keep coming back to is immersion in good music, and let me tell you, Erik possesses shit-loads ov it in his acoustic harmonics! It’s not fast-paced, nor is it too slow, but the riffing falls right into this “Goldie Locks” zone ov just right that lets the listener unwind and focus on absolutely nothing. Especially in the tracks November and Ascending, the levels ov immersion here are downright lethal. Another nice song is Less than Deca, where we’re greeted to female vocals [Stevie’s?] alongside Erik’s. A nice touch, indeed!
Their promo shot looks so cold and haunting, a perfect complement for the album!
And before I know what happened, I’m led into the first track ov Stevie Floyd’s set. That’s another thing that I love about this album, it allows you to get lost in it with your thoughts. A lot ov albums don’t do that, or if they do, they shatter that meditative state by doing something that doesn’t mesh with the overall theme. Where Aerial Ruin differs from Stevie Floyd is by how the music is executed. Aerial Ruin’s style is warm and organic, where Stevie’s is cold, harsh, and austere. Not saying this is a bad touch by any means, and it still captures the listener’s focus and immerses them, but rather than immersing them in a field ov wheat, she would rather immerse the listener in 20-below temperatures and a shit ton ov snow. In this regard, these two separate musical styles really complement each other nicely, especially with her track, Wrest in Nature.
All being said, this album is top-notch for people who want to experience a little something outside the norm ov what they generally listen to. I can see me listening to this while designing or writing some short stories or even just relaxing. It’s very good mood-music for anything creatively based. And I’d recommend it to any ov our readers. So yeah! You should go check this out!
Aerial Ruin’s score: 41 / 50
Stevie Floyd’s score: 36 / 50
Total score: 77%