Jason Aaron Wood is the sole songwriter and music composer behind Ol Sonuf, which is definitely a gutsy move on his part. “Glass Idols” is his latest self financed release, and is a very interestingly written album with tons of unique music pieces and passages that’ll slowly but surely drag you down to the aural abyss of sorts.
There are slow, melodic parts, skillfully executed lead runs, ungodly death metal growls, and passages fast enough to pierce the sound barrier, ha, ha. However, the vocals somewhat remind me of Kataklysm, though not as deep, but it kind as that sinister vibe to them. Just check out Wood’s skillfully played leads and riffs on the hellish and depressive-sounding “The Legacy Of Rome” and you will know what I am talking about when it comes of the well written music here.
I give Wood credit to for putting this record together himself, but playing live he will need a capable line up to bring his visions on “Glass Idols” to life. For a one-person act, it is definitely fine in the studio, but live, people want to see three to five members tearing up the stage, not someone by himself or herself banging their head away to the sonic insanity.
The 41 minutes of music on here adding up to 13 tracks of total splendor kicks ass, and I see a lot of potential for Wood’s to take this project somewhere. Talent like this should not be thrown out the window because you’ve released an album. www.jasonaaronwood.com Sarjoo Devani