First and foremost, “Outliers” served as my introduction to the immensely talented collective known as Aviations. With their years of experience and a devoted fanbase, they have firmly established themselves in the music scene. From the moment I watched the music video, my initial impression was overwhelmingly positive, and that sentiment only grew over time, despite knowing that this is just a glimpse of their true potential. Let’s delve into the details.
“Outliers” is an 11-minute progressive metal masterpiece that demands the utmost respect. Aviations’ musical concept revolves around a guitar-oriented progressive metal landscape, reminiscent of the early and contemporary works of Dream Theater. In addition, the band incorporates elements from modern metalcore, djent, and cinematic soundscapes, forming a unique foundation that I discovered through their song, “Outliers.”
This song captivates listeners with its progressive origins, technical complexity, and remarkable individual performances. It follows a structure consisting of three distinct sections, transitioning from A to C and concluding with a return to A. The opening section showcases the heavy Dream Theater influence, featuring Western American motifs and accompanied by clean male vocals reminiscent of Leprous‘ Einar Solberg. The second part of the song seamlessly transitions into a djent-infused modern metalcore realm, immersing the listener in maximum darkness during the breakdown moment. This masterfully crafted section delivers the anticipated goosebumps, led me to turn up the volume to its maximum. The djent segment eventually evolves into a cinematic passage, reminiscent of video game soundtracks, before leading listeners back to the main theme of the song, ultimately concluding the musical journey.
It is worth noting that Aviations hails from the prestigious Berklee College of Music. They have successfully built upon the foundation laid by Dream Theater, carving out their own distinctive musical identity while paying homage to these familiar influences. Aviations possesses real potential, displayed through their performances and evident musical knowledge.