"Northumbria" is an album full of great melody and atmosphere with production that pleases the ear. Not just pleasing, but memorable.
by Progulator at The Prog Archives
Imagine a vocalist a lot like Chris Rainbow alongside keyboardists like Rod Argent, Keith Emerson, Nick Magnus & Tony Banks and you have AETHELLIS!
"NorthUmbria" is a truly enjoyable album of 80's inspired prog including really well crafted songs.
The melody is the rule here, really easy listening and catchy but still adventurous enough to keep you interested from start to finish. Mr. Hall has also put a lot of effort into the production, as despite this is an independent CD the is sound remarkably good.
On "Northumbria" Aethellis has captured the very essence of the original prog/rock pioneers who soldiered on to help shape the changing face of progressive rock as it edged into the 80s', as well as the many neo-progressive artists who emerged from their shadow like Arena, IQ, Marillion, Pendragon, Jadis, Grey Lady Down, Galahad, and Pallas.
The album is highly recommended to fans to symphonic rock, neo-progressive, and fusion. And anyone with a healthy respect for keyboard driven prog/rock.
by Joseph Shingler at ProgNaut.com
Recommended if you like Genesis, Rick Wakeman, The Alan Parsons
Northumbria is the bands 2nd release and follows up to the critically acclaimed self titled release Aethellis. Aethellis has the soaring majesty of classic symphonic rock and incorporates a contemporary rhythmic feel along with asymmetrical meters and polytriad harmonies and catchy hooks! The first Aethellis album was spearheaded and recorded in 2002/2003 by classically trained keyboardist, vocalist and guitarist Ellsworth Hall and has many influences including rock, classical, synth pop, funk, jazz.