“AARSEN IS A 5 PIECE ROCK BAND FROM GATINEAU, QC. SATELLITES IS THEIR FOURTH EP AND THEIR FIRST IN 4 YEARS. FORMED IN 2006, AARSEN HAVE PLAYED MONTELLO ROCKFEST SEVERAL TIMES AND HAVE PLAYED MANY SHOWS THROUGHOUT ONTARIO AND QUEBEC.”
By Jeremy Farkas
They’re the perfect marriage of early 2000’s pop-punk and mid 00’s post-hardcore using dual vocals to their advantage, keeping every song dynamic and exciting. With a similar sound to Atreyu’s Lead Sails Paper Anchors and Underoath’s They’re Only Chasing Safety, this is an EP for everyone who loves to mosh and hold out their lighters during a live set.
Satellites is everything I like about modern rock music wrapped up into a tight 5 song EP. Crispy guitar licks and stadium choruses carry every song into the ether, each one more dynamic than the last. Not many bands can pull off an EP that features hardcore vocals and a ballad but Aarsen smashes it out of the park.
The title track and the closing track, Gates, have anthem-like qualities, but I feel like the two highlights on Satellites are the second track, Voices, and the aforementioned ballad, In Time.
Voices, starts with the best guitar riff on the album and explodes into high energy verses that see Matt [Vocalist] and Bryan [Vocalist/Guitarist] trade lines back and forth until the monster of a chorus takes the song home. The lyrics are cohesive with the rest of the songs on Satellites, speaking about trekking on alone after losing those closest to you, often reminiscing about the good times that have passed. It’s in this song you can really hear the heavy metal influences of Avenged Sevenfold and Iron Maiden come through in the lead guitar playing.
In Time, begins with a beautiful U2-esque intro, the 3/4 time gives the song a dreamy vibe as it drops into a pretty, acoustic verse. The narrator sings of a girl who’s used to being kicked while she’s down, shifting the perspective of the EP outward instead of inward.
The chorus of In Time is my favourite on the EP, unlike the general melancholy that the rest of the lyrics are saturated in, there is a sense of growing hope. “Don’t let yourself drift away as the tide takes you underwater. Feeling trapped again, don’t start giving in, it soon will be over”—it gives me chills every time I hear it. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear this song on rock radio, it’s a hit waiting to happen.
The album cover looks like an incredible charcoal drawing and features a forest with a face blended into the sky, reflecting the dark lyrical themes about losing yourself and others as the
years pass. The face in the sky has closed eyes, giving off the impression that they may be asleep or dead, setting a fitting tone for the entirety of Satellites.
Overall, if you’re a fan of emotional rock songs that are catchy and full of heart, Satellites by Aarsen is for you. Satellites can be found on iTunes, YouTube and any of your favourite streaming services. Keep your eyes peeled for a show near you!
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