Jason Aaron Wood – “Emanations” (2017)
One-man band, Jason Aaron Wood, has been releasing new albums almost every two years and “Emanations” is his latest offering. Jason recorded all the instruments on the album, and although his focus is on guitar and vocals, it is still incredible how well he worked all the other parts.
Musically, Jason plays a dark and melodic metal, bringing a different atmosphere than we usually hear on classic / progressive metal.
Jason’s voice has a smooth tone, and balances melodies without losing aggressiveness, giving the songs have a more cadenced rhythm. Jason’s use of an eight-string guitar produced a lot of heaviness, like the initial riffs from “Hero’s Plight” and the vocal interpretation in this song shows how sentimental Jason’s singing can be.
Jason’s guttural vocal tones, like he uses in “Identity,” sound like the dramatization of a fight between good and evil. It is a good contrast to his melodic tones, building on the epic, dark feeling inside the music.