Aenigma (Metal) - Austria

"Foreigner" EP Review
"Genesis (Intro)" is a synth laden intro track that builds ambience with its atmospheric tones. "Tempus" kicks right in with its Progressive/Technical Metalcore vibes. The pacing steadies itself with melody in the first verse before ramping back up with aggression and crunch. The melodic chorus brings to mind Linkin Park in its delivery. The track has shades of Nu Metal in its verses as the heaviness is amped up. The bridge features swirling riffs as melodic vocals croon and eventually erupt into a full on wave of heaviness. The title track is up next and it brings that atmospheric synth heavy instrumentation back in its opening. The first verse has a mix between chilled back melody and harder aggression and instrumentation. The clean sung chorus keeps the overall tone similar with the previous track. While not as technical as the previous, there's more depth overall. "Tomorrow" ramps up the intensity to a new high. The driving force is its riffage for sure. The vocals keep up as well as they can as there's a Dry Kill Logic vibe in the track. The mix of melody and circle pit inducing Metal shines bright and it should be a fan favorite in no time. "Atlas" is a closer that makes the listener yearn for more. After a lengthy intro, the track hits its stride with a Deftones like vocal delivery and more Hard Rock instrumentation. The track is the most radio friendly track on the EP and it shows great promise in that they can conjure up the radio hits. Five tracks is not nearly enough and we can't wait to hear more!

AENIGMA are ready for the big lights and spotlight with their new EP.

-Interview- (6/1/22)
1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name "AENIGMA" and is there any meaning behind it?

So my main career (Alex Ushakov) is actually as a Drum & Bass producer, 'AKOV' which has found me some notable success but I've always been a metalhead at heart. I decided to use my experience in production from the last 12 years to finally realise a rock project earlier on in 2021. So I got a drummer and guitarist together and the last year has been about finding our sound. It's very early days. The name AENIGMA has no deeper meaning except to hopefully imply a level of individuality.

2. What do you want people to take away from your music?

Good feelings.

3. How would you describe your sound to the average listener?

A blend of metal and electronic production.

4. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

I have zero experience of the local scene here so I would just state my dreams bands: Bad Omens, BMTH and Architects.

5. How has Covid affected what you do?

It arguably started the band. actually, having my career on the line because I depend on touring for my main source of income was obviously difficult but it also gave me the time to finally focus on other projects, hence AENIGMA was born.

6. What’s your take on the current state of Metal?

I'm personally a huge fan of catchy choruses and electronic elements so I'm really enjoying the new direction bands like BMTH, Bad Omens and Architects are taking as well as bands like I prevail that all seem to pay homage to the nu Metal sound I grew up with but in a more contemporary way.

7. What’s the current music scene like locally there in Austria?

I have yet to get my feet wet here and find out.

8. What’s your take on the royalties that streaming services pay out to artists?

I'm sure it's hard to find any artists who are happy with the current state of affairs. I have always been a DIY artist with my other projects though and it's the shows and merch that seem to generate any income for artists now.

9. What's next for AENIGMA?

We have 16 tracks we plan to release in 3 EPs the first of which is out on June 13th apart from that we have been practicing our 40 minute setlist and hope to get out there and play as many shows as possible.