Esprit D’Air – Constellations
Release Date: 30th June 2017
Label: Starstorm Records
Sometimes listening to an album that doesn’t have many, if any, English lyrics on it is difficult. It can make the music harder to relate to and it can often just flash past as background music, destined to be forgotten. Enter Esprit D’Air.
Within approximately 18 seconds you can hear the Japanese roots come to the fore through the use of electronic sounds that evoke memories of some of the biggest names in metal. As Crossfaith have proved, done well this is a recipe for success, Esprit D’Air is a different beast altogether though. They’ve brought in a healthy dose of home with some huge riffs and lyrics mostly in their native language mixed in. Kicking it all of with a track named ‘Ignition’ seems obvious when you think about. Those aforementioned riffs signalling the start of a track that combines guitars and electronic parts to create an almost symbiotic relationship between the two. If you just sit and listen with no distractions it fells huge with the vocals building yet another layer on top.
One of the singles from the album, ‘Rebirth’, is up next. Again, another appropriate song title seeing as the band reformed last year after a few years apart. Rebirth doesn’t fall too far from the Ignition tree with a strong riff powering it through for just over five minutes. It certainly has the feel of being more epic. Guiding Light sees the first glimpse of some English lyrics, mixed in with Japanese. The combination is intriguing and adds an air of mystery to proceedings. The track soars along in a way that doesn’t seem possible from an album with this many riffs.
The Hunter is the mid point and brings more of the same in a time when that’s all you want. The opening few tracks will whet an appetite in you that you didn’t even know you had and the faster paced drumming along with a quicker riff will have you fully committed to Esprit D’Air within a couple of minutes of The Hunter kicking in.
Starstorm and The Awakening seem to have more focus on the vocals with the riff in the later feeling like it could have been on any of Trivium’s best work. The vocals are softer and are in contrast to some pretty harsh drumming. It’s clever and it works. Reminisce slows proceedings down with a track that clocks up almost five minutes but feels like it could have been much longer and still enjoyable. Closing out the album is Versus, a track that vocally feels like it could accompany an animé fight scene. This track has the feel of 00’s American radio rock for a couple of minutes in the middle, but just a bit heavier and a bit better.
As a whole, this album leaves the listener under no illusions as to the name. If you close your eyes and just lose yourself in the music, the sense of euphoria that is created leaves you feeling like you’re floating. It’s a really interesting listen and one which doesn’t take long to bring you round to the idea of non-English vocals. Give it a try!
Esprit D’Air are:
Kai: Vocals, Guitar & Programming
Ellis: Bass & Backing Vocals
Daishi: Drums & Programming
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