Review: MEZZANINE FLOOR’s “Architecture of Aeons”

Mezzanine Floor is a hard rock/progressive metal band from Port Elizabeth in South Africa influenced by variety of different styles. The band has been together for over six years, but in September this year they put out their debut full-length record Architecture of Aeons.

It could easily be said that Mezzanine Floor plays progressive rock with elements of heavy metal/hard rock and extreme take on the prog metal genre, and fans of likes such Death, Cult of Luna, Enslaved, Mastodon, Opeth and Metallica are apt to find something familiar in their sound. Tracks generally consist of simple dominating metal chord patterns with more complex underlying melodies. Instead of focusing on technical musicianship, each track of Architecture of Aeons attempts to evoke a certain mood or feeling – and it does this quite well. Most tracks revolve around a central musical theme, but they manage to repeat themselves without feeling repetitive. Though the music is never too heavy or too relaxed, it still manages to span a wide range of musical styles, with tracks that are equal parts dark, calm, angry and passionate. It is vibrant with emotional quality, and the music is very refined – Architecture of Aeons certainly has a high production quality, and the members of Mezzanine Floor know how to complement each other well.

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That is, in fact, Architecture of Aeons’ greatest strength. The music and the vocals suit each other very well, and combine to create the emotional experience that is the album’s best quality.

Ultimately, Architecture of Aeons is very well made for what it is. While those who prefer more complex melodies won’t find it enthralling, it is clear that Mezzanine Floor’s members are quite talented, and the simple nature of the music is more of a stylistic choice than an indicator of poor musicianship. Architecture of Aeons left quite a good impression on me. It is subdued but expressive, with little technicality but a lot of feeling.

Get a copy of Architecture of Aeons from Bandcamp.