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"churning, emotive, groove-treading post-hardcore..." — Alternative Press
"ÆGES is the way post-hardcore is supposed to sound: abrasive, anthemic and face-melting... " — CMJ Network
"a burly, churning collection that drenches the classic 90's post-hardcore of Hum, Handsome and Quicksand in a Deftones-esque sheen..." — Decibel Magazine
"The record mines metal and hardcore in many of the same ways that Quicksand or Betty-era Helmet did in the 90s and Cave In or its contemporaries have in latter years; melodic vocals top thundering guitar riffs..." — Brooklyn Vegan
"one of the most promising debuts in recent memory..." — Ghettoblaster Magazine
"Metal doesn’t need to ignore hooks and melodies like the plague. And Aeges mixes great melodies with heavy, aggressive stuff we all love..." — MetalSucks
Tony Baumeister: Bass
Cory Joseph Clark: Guitar
Mike Land: Drums
“With the decline of Western civilization comes a new pilgrimage of musicians looking to carve out their fates from the wreckage of the past. ÆGES are the new breed of California’s creative drifters. ÆGES was founded by Chicago-raised Larry Herweg (Pelican, San Angelus), multi-continent Kemble Walters (The Rise, The Blank Faces, Juliette and the Licks), and the California natives Tony Baumeister (16, Cutthroats 9) and newest addition Cory Joseph Clark (Sleepless Me). Cory is a singer/songwriter/guitarist, solo artist, from Long Beach.
Converging in Southern California across state lines and international waters, ÆGES use their world-wise musical expertise to rebuild the archetype of the heavy rock band. There’s a definite element of desert rock in ÆGES sound—the low-tuned guitars, the sludgy sun-baked riffs, the deceptive pop hook buried in the molasses-thick instrumentation. Yet the diverse backgrounds of the band members create a unique blend of perspectives and a resultantly fresh sound. The common sonic thread between the four individuals in ÆGES—their tenure in bands that explored the darker side of hardcore—manifests itself in the aggressive tonalities of their sound. But their divergent paths, both geographical and musical, broadened the emotional palette beyond the angst of their earlier bands. Their debut full length, “The Bridge”, was released via The Mylene Sheath (Caspian, Junius, Constants) on April 17th, 2012. The album was produced and engineered by the bands own Kemble Walters at The Canshaker Studio in Malibu, CA, and mastered by Mark Chalecki at Little Red Book Mastering (Omar Rodriguez Lopez, Goatsnake, Megadeth). ÆGES latest release is the single for “Southern Comfort” taken from “The Bridge”. It features an unreleased B-side track, titled “Stars”, from the same sessions. This version of “Southern Comfort” has been remastered specifically for this release. It drops on October 16th, 2012, via The Mylene Sheath and is available on vinyl 7" format, iTunes, and Bandcamp.
The new millennium ushered in a new, revitalized era of artistic integrity for LA. We saw it in the age of the acid-hazed ‘60s, the age of the nihilistic Regan-era punks, and the current age of abandoned archetypes of a failed economy. It’s creative optimism in a time of hopelessness. It’s the music of ÆGES." – Brian Cook