There are so many great Spanish bands in the prog arena today. Barcelona’s Audiolepsia are a damn good post rock band that may not quite be on the level that a band like Toundra or Obsidian Kingdom are on. But with their album “Muses,” it’s clear that they are on the right path and with further development of their sound, they could be mentioned in the same breath as those bands.
“Muses” is premised around female names as each song title which I assumed are the muses for the band. There are some very good riffs and melodies through out these tracks but the problems are two fold. There is a bit of a sameness to the tracks thus making hard to distinguish one track from the other even after repeated listens.
Secondly, the consistency of great riffs versus overly repetitive ones gets to be a problem after a while. The opening part of “Beatrix” is an example of how Audiolepsia stick with an idea a little too long while “Satine” moves along a bit smoother. They also utilize the standard post rock high register guitar melody a lot which gets a little predictable.
But even with these critiques, it’s still a very good, listenable album that I think post rock fans will find quite enjoyable. While I hate their band name, I don’t hate what Audiolepsia do. They are talented musicians who are very tight and I’ll be interested to see where they go from here.