[News] Aisles published the official video teaser for their suite “Bahamut”

June 30, the Progressive Rock band Aisles will premiere on streaming platforms the instrumental suite “Bahamut,” created in collaboration with the writer Francisco Ortega. The suite includes seven tracks, and a total of thirteen minutes, in which the group goes through different narrative passages inspired by the science fiction novel “Bahamut,” released by the Chilean author last March.

Stream the official teaser video through the YouTube player below:

This work has influences from progressive metal, from the ambient of keyboardist Rick Wright from Pink Floyd, to the sound of Porcupine Tree, and Muse in the period of their album “Absolution,” and is the first publication of Aisles together with the drummer Alvaro Poblete. “We had the idea of an intricate, cyclical suite that was difficult to understand” explains Germán Vergara, Aisles guitarist, “we wanted to give a sensation of instability and, at the same time, vertigo.”

Bahamut” is the latest release by author Francisco Ortega, a science fiction novel that is also an anticipatory historical thriller, which uses technological and cultural phenomena with which we already live. The author mixes various topics with ease, such as religion, technology, physics, astronomy, artificial intelligence, etc., all under the guidance of prominent scientific, academic, and even political advisers. For the speech of one of the characters, which is an artificial intelligence, the author used Dramathon and ChatGTP, two artificial intelligence applications, with the purpose of accentuating the coldness of a machine.

In addition, the writer conceived his novel listening to progressive and ambient rock – the ideal music for a science fiction work – and thought that Aisles could accompany this story. “I have always thought that the soundtrack for the book had to be kind of a Progressive Rock opus, and it seemed to me that, among the Chilean bands, Aisles was the one that worked best with the speed, the vertigo and the spatial and temporal changes of the novel, because they handle these changes in the metrics of their music very well”, comments the author of “Bahamut.”

This is the second collaboration between Aisles and Francisco Ortega, after working together for the video clip of the song “Fast,” released in June 2021, and inspired by dystopian anime such as Ghost In the Shell, Devilman Crybaby and Akira. The clip is based on the city of Santiago, under an omnipresent control system and with a violent society. This time, Ortega asked the band to write the music for the book’s trailer, but soon after, the group worked on an entire suite based on the novel. “This project motivated us a lot and science fiction is not a topic that we have remained oblivious to” says Germán, “our album Hawaii is based on the concept of human life on other planets after the destruction of the Earth. We read Bahamut, we really liked the story and especially the spatial changes. It was very inspiring.

The suite has a video created with artificial intelligence by the director Nod, who is the first person in Chile who is making audiovisual productions of this kind. Watch here:

ABOUT AISLES:

Based in Santiago, Chile, and having released four highly acclaimed studio albums, Aisles have become South America’s most important Progressive band of the past two decades. Their daring combination of Rock, Fusion, Jazz and World Music illustrates the band’s uniquely eclectic approach. They have toured the Americas, Europe, and performed with Prog legends Marillion, Focus, and Riverside.

In 2005, Aisles released their debut album, “The Yearning,” recognized for its elegant and delicate melodic work, especially on epic songs such as “The Wharf that Holds His Vessel” and “Gray.” In 2009, their second album, “In Sudden Walks,” inspired by existential literature and by theater, was nominated for Best Foreign Record at the Prog Awards in Italy, and the group also participated in the 11th version of the Progressif Crescendo Rock Festival in France. Their third record, “4:45 AM” (2013), which looked into the loneliness of the human being, received rave reviews and was ranked among the best albums of that year in numerous publications specialized in Progressive Rock.

Their fourth studio album, “Hawaii” (2016), a conceptual double album that narrates the life of humanity in space after the destruction of the Earth, was called a “masterpiece” and globally acclaimed by media such as Prog, IO Pages, and Chile’s premiere Rock magazine, Rockaxis. The success of the album allowed Aisles to tour in Europe, the United States and Mexico.

In 2018, as a way of closing the cycle of “Hawaii,” they released the EP “Live from Estudio del Sur,” complemented by four videos recorded live that are found on YouTube. After the departure of their original vocalist, Sebastián Vergara, at the end of that year, Aisles introduced in September 2020 their new singer, Israel Gil, with whom they restarted their constant artistic evolution by releasing “Smile of Tears,” a new version of the song from the album “In Sudden Walks.” The band released their fifth album, “Beyond Drama,” on April 05, 2023, after the departure of three of their members, and it meant a stylistic departure from “Hawaii,” with shorter and heavier songs inspired by bands such as Porcupine Tree, Animals as Leaders and Muse.

ABOUT FRANCISCO ORTEGA:

Francisco Ortega (1974) is a writer and screenwriter. He worked as a journalist until 2013, since then dedicating to writing professionally and full-time. He has more than 16 titles published for various audiences, reaching more than 100,000 copies sold. His success is such that his works have been published in countries such as Mexico, Spain, Argentina, the United States, France, Belgium, Germany and Kuwait. The rights to three of his works have been acquired by streaming platforms to be turned into TV series, one of which will premiere in 2024 on HBO Max. As a screenwriter, he is co-creator of the Liongate+/Fábula science fiction series El refugio (2022), as well as projects currently in development for Amazon, HBO and Apple. For the last four years he has been conducting and performing the podcast La ruta secreta for the Emisor Podcasting platform, where he also created the audioseries El libro negro to be released in mid-2023.

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