Chilean progressive rock band Aisles has announced its upcoming tour of Mexico and the United States.
The band released a new album in 2016 titled Hawaii
Sat 12 Aug – Prog Jazz Fest, Foro Fausto Vega – Mexico City, Mexico
Wed 16 Aug – Underground Bar – Saltillo, Mexico
Thu 17 Aug – X-Stage – Monterrey, Mexico
Fri 18 Aug – Metal Brothers – Mexico City – Mexico
Sat 19 Aug – Centro De Las Artes De Querétaro, Querétaro – Mexico
Sat 14 Oct – Progstock Festival, Union County Performing Arts Center – Rahway, NJ, USA Tickets
Mon 16 Oct – Ferguson Theatre, University Of Pittsburgh, Greensburg, PA, USA Tickets
Wed 18 Oct – Buffalo Iron Works, Buffalo, NY, USA Tickets
Thu 19 Oct – Elkhart, Indiana, USA
Fri 20 Oct – Progtoberfest, Reggies – Chicago, Il, USA Tickets
Hawaii is the fourth album by Chilean progressive rock band Aisles. It’s a concept album about a post-apocalyptic world where humans live in space colonies.
The two CD set reveals a mix of pop vocal hooks and fabulous instrumental passages that border between progressive rock and jazz-rock fusion.
Disc 1 features 5 songs. Highlights here are track 2, “The Poet Part II – New World,” where the vocals are more progressive rock oriented; the great guitar interplay in “Upside Down”; and one of the best cuts on the album, “Ch-7” in which Aisles presents beautifully-crafted symphonic progressive rock with splendid vocal harmonies, notable guitar, Chris Squire-style bass, and fine keyboard work.
Disc 2’s highlights include the slow tempo, atmospheric “Terra”. Halfway through the piece, the vocals sound somewhat operatic, reminding me a little of recent The Enid vocals.
One of the best pieces on the album is “Club Hawaii,” a lengthy prog composition featuring one of the best intros of the album with all the musicians showcasing their talent. The vocals here are also fairly operatic although closer to Italian progressive rock.
The lineup on the album includes Felipe Candia on drums and percussion; Sebastián Vergara on lead and background vocals; Rodrigo Sepúlveda on electric and 12-string acoustic guitars; Germán Vergara on electric and acoustic guitars, piano and vocals; Daniel Baird-Kerr on bass; and Juan Pablo Gaete on keyboards.
On Hawaii, Aisles showcases excellent progressive rock instrumental mastery.