Ainsoph’s material is constructed from a sort of atypical blackened base that takes in elements of post-metal, post-rock, post-punk, avant-garde, progressive rock, doom, blackgaze, and jazz. It’s an eclectic mix on paper, but in execution it’s quite coherent, brought together by the band’s songwriting skill and sense of blackened vision. Imagine a mix of Idle Hands and Messa for a rough starting comparison.
The music is engaging and moreish. Memorable melodies and compelling use of rhythm guitar power the songs along quite nicely. There are some well-written guitar solos too. The diversity of influences allows the band to seamlessly blend everything from soft, rock-inspired jazz sections with blackgaze blast beats without blinking.
The music is also tied together by the clean vocals, which are ethereal and dream-like in style. The singer’s voice seems to float alongside the music, and her performance is effectively and emotively delivered.
Catchy, with layered longevity and instant appeal depth, this album is an enticing proposition that should speak to anyone who has a taste for the musical ingredients mentioned above.
A recommended listen.