Angels vs. Aliens | Eleven Shades of Crimson

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Eleven Shades of Crimson

by Angels vs. Aliens

Guitar driven rock that ranges from the heavy to the beautiful. Hard rock, indie, and a bit of new wave rolled into one.
Genre: Metal/Punk: 70's Metal
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1. Fiji Theme
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2. Crimson
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3. So Much for the Happy Ending
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4. Suffering
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5. Speechless
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6. JetEngines & Traffic Lights
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7. Seduction Overture
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8. Long Distance, Short Term
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9. The End is Hear
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10. Farewell
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Album Notes
Angels VS. Aliens is a seamless marriage of man and sound: three people who wring from their equipment the most bipolar tones imaginable.

Guitar that screams one moment and echoes gracefully the next.

Some are intimidated by the fact that those who produce this diverse array of sounds do so willingly and with such a disregard for playing it "safe." As the band's name implies, such music seems to come from some otherworldly source far removed from the world of men.

But this is no abstract rock and roll minstrel show where performers and audience have strictly defined roles and expectations: indeed, those who witness Angels VS. Aliens live are not expected to stand meekly before the torrent of sound.

One must not forget that this is rock music, to be felt and enjoyed wholeheartedly, as is intended.

And one must not lose sight of the very human side of this noise; namely, that it is the product of three dedicated individuals working their damndest to shape it and take it to the furthest level possible, in an attempt to render angels and aliens closer to our world, or take the listener to unexplored regions.

How to accurately describe a band is always a difficult task - inevitably, one resorts to half-assed comparisons to other musical acts in order to convey to the uninitiated some sort of sound which they can easily pigeonhole.

To those who need such a comparison to grasp the sound of Angels VS. Aliens, we say think not of bands, but of pure sounds instead: the roar of jet engines, panes of glass that shimmer and shatter, dense fields of radiating noise - all supplemented by a beat that you can rock to.

But the best way to learn what Angels VS. Aliens sounds like is to skip the mere comparisons and cheap attempts at description and find out for yourself.


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Jenn Sikes (splendid)

punched-in-the-chest tight-lipped urgency that leaves you strangely energized
If you want power chords, already have all of Superchunk's albums, and would rather support smaller local bands, you'd be well served by buying this disc. AVSA are interested in making visceral music --gut-wrenching heavy chords spewing all over the place, laid to the bone with the addition of Jeff Roop's roaring vox. The music has the effect on the ear that Jackson Pollock's paintings have on the eye: the immediacy of the emotion tapped is as easy to access as the emotion's power. The lyrics, while occasionally audible (and revealed in full on the band's website), aren't as important as the push of Roop's voice as an instrument. The drum machine adds a rapid machine-gun fire speed to back up Jared Brown's throbbing bass and P.J. Sykes' stabbing guitar. Listening to these guys is like being hyped up on too damn much coffee -- a jittery, punched-in-the-chest tight-lipped urgency that leaves you strangely energized.

Aaron Canada

Melodic and Tantric with Mind Bending Intensity
My friend got me interested in AVSA when we went to one of their shows. I fell in love with the screaming intensity of the vocals, the pounding bass, and the Mind-Bending guitar. My favorite track is track 9, "The End is Hear." The cd is great, hope to see many more.

Dave Didonato

Best thing about this band is their uncorrupted, unjaded enthusiasm...
Angels vs. Aliens "Eleven Shades of Crimson"
Lynchburg's AvsA sounds kind of like old school alternative with a drum machine. While that sounds like it would be bad, it's not. The guitars churn and chug and chime around the almost too-realistic drum beats, and the arrangements are solid. Track Four has a little scratching before it starts stabbing westward. The best thing about this band is their uncorrupted, unjaded enthusiasm, which is hard to come by these days.