I'm a little late in getting around to posting about this one, but better late than never. Sacramento-based artist Auxcide has finally unveiled his debut LP, entitled "Of Atoms and Stardust". Set up as a sort of concept album about the cosmos, the eight tracks included here are suitably epic, utilizing the combined sounds of two GameBoy Advance SPs.
Beginning with the quick one-two punch of "New Cosmos" and "Aphelion", the album skyrockets into a great start, boasting grand melodies and an almost orchestral flair. "Aphelion" in particular is my favorite tune from the record, based around a soaring, catchy theme that makes a great impression. Another high point comes in the form of the bass- and buildup-heavy "Selene".
Although there are some weak spots, and the final mixing job leaves a lot to be desired, "Of Atoms and Stardust" makes for an enjoyable and unique listen. Props to Auxcide for an impressive, solid debut.
SCORE: 7.5 out of 10 - "Good"
[You can stream or download the album here: http://auxcide.bandcamp.com/album/of-atoms-and-stardust]