1. Aerial
2. Prism
3. New Reality
4. Jehovah
5. Atlantis
6. Daisy World
7. Reclamation
8. Cipher
9. Elements
10. Nebulous


Abhiruk Patowary - all instruments


Siddharth Nair - Vocals (Track 3, 6, 7, 9, 10)
Aronjoy Das - Vocals (Track 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
Sahil Khurana - Vocals (Track 3, 9)
David Chunn - Vocals (Track 2, 10)
Jayant Bhadula - Vocals (Track 4, 9)
Gaurav Dabral - Vocals (Track 5)
Nathan Bulla - Drums (Track 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10)
Ro Han - Guitars (Track 6,10)

Written, Recorded and Produced by Abhiruk Patowary
Album Artwork by Barnaby Oakley

Released 2018-09-20
Reviewed 2018-10-29


Gaia is an Indian progressive metalcore band, something that isn’t the most common things that we review. Aerial is the debut album by the Gaia moniker that is the brainchild of Abhiruk Patowary who plays most instrumental parts and so on, but there are many guests, like singer, as well. The artwork is quite nice and reflects the four elements that is a key to the song elements that was out for preview on youtube recently. The music is written and produced by Patowary and is also described to be created through a random process with many pieces puzzled together into an album.

Aerial can be described as metalcore, djent, progressive metalcore and things like that can be used to describe the style of Gaia. It is powerful, it is melodic, it has many elements, relatively varied as well but for a djent progressive metalcore or whatever you like it can’t be described as a particularly original. The album is quite long and probably not quite dynamic enough to work for such a long time. The production is okay, I think the sound works, the melodic parts are quite nice but the vocal parts could have been better, it is not easy to hear that there are several singers on this album.

I think that in some regards it is a solid production, I don’t think that it is bad – but neither is it good and my lasting impression is that this album doesn’t really leave a lasting impression. There is nothing on this album that really grabs me, the songs doesn’t feel very thought through and it is not easy to really focus on the album, when listening to it I find my mind wandering towards other thoughts, towards other things. So I have to say that I remain unimpressed by what’s on offer here. Perhaps this will appeal to genre fans, to those into the metalcore, the djent, and that sort of thing this might seem a lot more interesting than it does to me.

Aerial should perhaps not be tossed into the garbage, but I don’t really want it in my record shelf as well – or in the digital equivalent. There are some good potential here and there on this album but it feels a bit fragmented and not coherent or strong enough as an album, but perhaps there is a strong album in there somewhere – just not this one. So, in the end I will now toss this digital album into my digital bin to free up space for something more exciting in the digital record shelf.




Label: Independent
Three similar bands: Voyager/Periphery/In Mourning

Rating: HHHHHHH (3/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm

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