Californian Solo-Artist Aramis Unveils ‘Crimson’: A Genre-Blending Metal Masterpiece of Diversity and Cohesion with SODEH Records.
Crimson, the second album by the California-based solo metal project Aramis, is an impressive musical endeavor. Spanning approximately 55 minutes, the album comprises 11 tracks, including the previously released singles “Promethean Treatment” and “You Are The Enemy.” While maintaining a predominant modern thrash metal and death metal style, Crimson skillfully incorporates influences from various genres.
The album’s genre-blending prowess is especially evident in tracks like “Sunder,” where a harsh and prominent black metal approach takes center stage. Conversely, “A Lightless Mourning” captivates listeners with its softer, melodic ballad-style composition. Yet, amidst these diverse influences, standout tracks such as the fast-paced “Saturn Rising” remain faithful to Aramis’s original sound, pushing it to new heights.
Nik Hayes, the artist behind Aramis, reveals that the creative process for Crimson began in 2018, even before completing the first album, “Insignificant Memories.” Hayes aimed to elevate his musicality and overall composition with this release, seeking greater diversity in sound. He succeeded in his ambition, crafting each song to stand individually while simultaneously creating a cohesive, unified experience when listened to as a whole.
The album exhibits a sense of congruency and connection between tracks through recurring motifs and melodies, carefully placed throughout. The final song, “Absolution,” serves as the embodiment of this concept, linking back to the opening intro track, “Solitude,” and completing a captivating narrative circle. With its abundance of remarkable moments and a wide range of sounds and styles, Crimson promises to delight listeners, inviting them to embark on an immersive musical journey.
Founded in 2018 by the exceptionally talented Nik Hayes, Aramis is a captivating solo-project that seamlessly blends progressive thrash and death metal. With every aspect of the music meticulously crafted by Hayes himself— from writing and recording to mixing and mastering— Aramis is a true embodiment of his creative vision. Notably, the album and single covers feature stunning artwork derived from his extensive portfolio of nature and landscape photography.
Drawing inspiration from a diverse range of influences, including renowned bands like Metallica, Gojira, Lamb of God, and Death, Aramis transcends the boundaries of metal by incorporating elements from various genres.
In 2021, Aramis made an impactful debut with the release of the first single, “Nebulous,” in January, followed by “Born of Man” in March, both of which became part of the highly acclaimed debut album, “Insignificant Memories,” released in June of the same year. To mark the occasion of Halloween, Aramis unveiled a standalone single titled “Constrictor” on October 31st, leaving a lasting impression on fans and industry insiders alike.
Excitingly, Aramis has recently signed with SODEH Records, forging a promising collaboration that sets the stage for future music releases. Now, the eagerly anticipated second album, “Crimson,” is set to unleash its sonic onslaught on June 9th, 2023, featuring the electrifying singles “Promethean Treatment” and “You Are The Enemy.”
Prepare to be enthralled as Aramis pushes the boundaries of metal with unparalleled artistry, taking you on a thrilling musical journey through the raw power and profound creativity of one remarkable artist.