Into the Black: A Review

Patreon supporters were treated to a spectacular surprise Thursday evening when Daniel Graves released his latest album “Into the Black” early. The album features 10 new Aesthetic Perfection tracks with guest spots by Richard Z. Kruspe (Rammstein and Emigrate), Jinxx (Black Veil Brides), and Krischan Wesenberg of Rotersand. The album is being released via Daniel Graves own record label, Close to Human.

Graves built up hype for the album by hiring noted TV personality Percy McDougal. McDougal filmed a series of short TV infomercials sharing the wonders and splendors of “The Black.” To learn more, visit GetTheBlack.

Though the album bears some resemblance to previous releases, Aesthetic Perfection is continuing to push the envelope and grow the industrial pop sound. Graves continues to refine his clean vocals, proving that he is a professional bent on perfecting his craft.

It is obvious that this album is a labor of love for Graves. Though he previously stated he would stick to singles only because it helps with fans consume music faster, he acquiesced to his fans who were craving a full album.

Highlights from “Into the Black” include:

Gods & Gold: Graves starts the album strong with “Gods & Gold” featuring Kruspe. The song is a hard and heavy hitting tune with a melodic chorus. It is clear with this track that Graves has been working on and fine-tuning his vocals. Some fans and reviewers are arguing that Graves is rapping in the song. Honestly, it’s the change in tempo that people are hearing. Graves moves effortlessly through the different tempo and time changes of the song.

No Boys Allowed: Probably one of my favorite tracks on the album. If this song doesn’t see play time in clubs, I’ll be very surprised. (I’m not a dancer and this song had me dancing all around my living room.) The upbeat tempo helps Graves continue to rhythm of the album.

Supernatural: With the fourth track, Graves takes the temp down to his version of a ballad. The constant repeating of “are we gonna survive the fall/ we’re just human after all/ we’re not supernatural” coupled with the whispered nighttime prayer “if I die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take…” is extremely powerful.

Echoes: This is the song where Graves lets his clean vocals shine. The ballad is extremely poignant and moving. The lyrics are equally haunting and relatable.

“I’m stuck inside an echo/ Where every word is everything I want to hear/I’m blinded by an echo/ Now everyone’s an enemy it’s all so clear/ I don’t want to find out who I am/ I’d rather live a lie until the end/ I’m stuck inside an echo”

-“Echoes” by Aesthetic Perfection

Mourning Doves: Graves ends the album on a slower, more poignant ballad. Again, the guitar genius of Jinxx from Black Veil Brides are highlighted on the song. The lyrics and tone of the song moved me to tears upon the first listen. (Even now on the billionth listen, I still get chills.)

Overall, this is a masterpiece that Graves should be proud to call his own. From beginning to end, there is not a bad track on the album. The growth he is showing as a singer, songwriter, and musician are all equally impressive.

Full Tracklist:

Gods & Gold (feat. Richard Z. Kruspe)
No Boys Allowed
Echoes (feat. Jinxx)
We Wake Up (feat. Jinxx and Wesenberg
If I Die (feat. Jinxx)
Saint Peter
Mourning Doves (feat. Jinxx.)

Aesthetic Perfection is set to embark on a European and US tour shortly. Be sure to check them out!

March 16, 2019 – Club Science – Tokyo, JP
March 30, 2019 – Dark Side of the Con – Parsippany, NJ
April 05, 2019 – Dark Malta Festival – Santa Lucjia, MT

| Europe |

w/ Priest & Amelia Arsenic

April 10, 2019 – Fleece – Bristol, UK Tickets:
April 11, 2019 – Ivory Blacks – Glasgow, UK Tickets:
April 12, 2019 – The Slade Rooms – Wolverhampton, UK Tickets:
April 13, 2019 – Night People – Manchester, UK Tickets:
April 14, 2019 – 02 Islington – London, UK Tickets:
April 18, 2019 – Kaiserkeller – Hamburg, DE Tickets:
April 19, 2019 – Privatclub – Berlin, DE Tickets:
April 20, 2019 – Das Bett – Frankfurt, DE Tickets:
April 21, 2019 – Kulttempel – Oberhausen, DE Tickets:
April 22, 2019 – Subkultur – Hannover, DE Tickets:
April 23, 2019 – Subkultur – Hannover, DE Tickets:
April 24, 2019 – X-Tra – Zurich, CH Tickets:
April 25, 2019 – Backstage – Munich, DE Tickets:
April 26, 2019 – Escape Metalcorner – Vienna, AT Tickets:
April 27, 2019 – Reithalle Strasse E – Dresden, DE Tickets:
April 28, 2019 – Rock Café – Prague, CZ Tickets:
April 30, 2019 – Progresja – Warsaw, PL Tickets:

| North America |

w/ Empathy Test

September 06, 2019 – The Casbah – San Diego, CA Tickets:
September 07, 2019 – Club Red – Mesa, AZ Tickets:
September 08. 2019 – Rock House – El Paso, TX Tickets: TBA
September 12, 2019 – Amp Room – San Antonio, TX Tickets:
September 13, 2019 – Elysium – Austin, TX Tickets:
September 14, 2019 – Warehouse Live – Houston, TX Tickets:
September 15, 2019 – The Church – Dallas, TX Tickets:
September 18, 2019 – Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA Tickets:
September 19, 2019 – The 926 Bar – Tallahassee, FL Tickets:
September 20, 2019 – The Orpheum – Tampa, FL Tickets:
September 21, 2019 – Will’s – Orlando, FL Tickets:
September 24, 2019 – The Milestone – Charlotte, NC Tickets:
September 25, 2019 – Fallout – Richmond, VA Tickets:
September 26, 2019 – The Pie Shop – Washington, DC – Tickets:
September 28, 2019 – The Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY Tickets:
September 29, 2019 – ONCE Ballroom – Boston, MA Tickets:
September 30, 2019 – Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY Tickets:
October 01, 2019 – Coalition – Toronto, ON Tickets:
October 02, 2019 – Howlers – Pittsburgh, PA Tickets:
October 03, 2019 – Southgate House Revival – Cincinnati, OH Tickets:
October 04, 2019 – Small’s – Detroit, MI Tickets:
October 05, 2019 – Reggie’s – Chicago, IL Tickets:
October 06, 2019 – Club Anything – Milwaukee, WI Tickets:
October 07, 2019 – Warehouse – LaCrosse, WI Tickets:
October 08, 2019 – Red Sea Lounge – Minneapolis, MN Tickets:
October 09, 2019 – Riot Room – Kansas City, MO Tickets:
October 11, 2019 – Marquis Theater – Denver, CO Tickets:
October 12, 2019 – Area 51 – Salt Lake City, UT Tickets:
October 14, 2019 – Pub 340 – Vancouver, BC Tickets:
October 15, 2019 – Highline – Seattle, WA Tickets:
October 16, 2019 – Paris Theater – Portland, OR Tickets:
October 18, 2019 – Brick and Mortar – San Francisco, CA Tickets:
October 19, 2019 – The Lodge – Los Angeles, CA Tickets:

For this upcoming tour, Aesthetic Perfection will also offer an exclusive VIP package. VIP packages are available for purchase here.

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