The discovery of a new band is always exciting. Will it be something you’ve heard countless times? An experience that leaves a bad taste in your mouth? Or is it a treat from which you cannot stop consuming? I wanted to take a trip back in time to reminisce about bands/albums that not only introduced me to heavy music, but kept me coming back for more…
From The Archive: Anah Aevia – Realize You’re Dead
It’s always a damn shame when you start listening to a new band, only to find out that they, A. disbanded, or B. never tour around your area, so you’re left with this empty feeling of never getting to experience the band live. That’s where Anah Aevia come in, a metalcore band I came to know of around the release of their 2002 album, Realize You’re Dead. It was a burned CD which contained no track names or an album title for that matter, it simply had Anah Aevia written on it in sharpie. Being the nut I am when it comes to organizing my collection of albums, I had to obtain the track list as well as the album title itself. Thank the gods for Google, and with that, I now had the information I needed as well as finding out more about this metalcore act.
Hailing from Lansing, Michigan, Anah Aevia formed in late 2000 and since then, have released two EPs as well as a full-length album. With their first EP, Statistical and Diagnostic Manual of Mental Disorders 7th ed., the band began to perform on a regular basis and gained a strong following in the lower great lakes region. The follow up to their EP, their debut full-length, Realize You’re Dead, which saw positive reviews and was supported by heavy touring, was what propelled them even further in the scene.
The album opens with the track, “Murder”, with it’s slow build up of guitars, bass and drums which is simple in execution, yet engaging enough to keep you listening and waiting for the inevitable punch, like any good build up should provide. Just as the build up reaches it’s climax, we are meet with the distressed screaming of “Why did it take so long to realize you’re dead?” from vocalist Dan Gleason. His vocal work is unique, sounding guttural, but not in the vein of death metal, he comes across very intense and at some points almost bird like. But it compliments the rest of the music perfectly, so I’m all for it.
From there on, tracks like “Emmanuel My Provider”, “Hubble’s Law” and “October 12, 1998” are full of deep chugs and heavy breakdowns that would make any fan of hardcore happy. Even better is they never once sound redundant or like another track on the album. There are also three instrumental tracks spread throughout to give the listener a chance to rest their ears from the barrage of riffs. The album as a whole is raw and heavy, but there are melodic moments, and even amongst the screams, the use of clean vocals come in and help break up the heaviness. In one of the heavier tracks on the album, “Hubble’s Law”, you get the amazing line, “Your quiet voice tore through my heart”, with it’s subtle and emotional delivery, it stands out and makes an impact. It stuck with me the moment I heard it, and to this day it’s still my favorite track on the album.
All and all, it took me a few listens to fully absorb their sound, but once I passed that hurdle, Realize You’re Dead eventually became a part of my rotation. There are rumors of a new EP coming out, but nothing is confirmed. In September of 2010, they released a new track called, “Spook Me” on iTunes, but as of now, that is all that is new from them. Although they don’t tour or play shows, every December, at the end of the month, they play a show at Mac’s Bar in their hometown of Lansing, MI. This has been going on for a few years now, so fans are always awaiting that time of the year. And as of now, December 27, 2010 will be their last show.
If you’re not familiar with Anah Aevia, I highly recommend checking out their myspace, to hear better quality versions of their songs. In the meantime, here is a video of a live performance at Mac’s Bar in December of 2009…
Anah Aevia – “Hubble’s Law” (Live @ Mac’s Bar, December 2009)