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Some reviews of
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"Hey guys, I love your sound and the tightness and production of your music." - Robert Berry of Hush, 3 (with Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer), and Ambrosia

"The result of this debut was one magnificent work of symphonic rock that transmits an optimism beyond the common.....Very recommended and essential in your progressive library." - Descubre La Caja Pandora

"The album is the rare stone overturned that reveals a bounty of new revelations." - The Music Street Journal

The Aethellis album was listed from June '03 through March '04 in the Best Bands of the Week : "Indispensable work, highly recommendable..." - Progressive Rock and Progressive Metal E-Zine

"8.6 / 10" -  Power Play Records

"The songs are very strong, catchy and still adventurous enough to keep you interested from start to finish." - Strutter Magazine

"...these melodies are sometimes more easy listening, sometimes more twisted but they always have an interesting progressive sound..."
- Music Extreme

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Lyrics and Credits page for both Aethellis albums


1/23/2023  Aethellis' New Album and 2023 Performances

Guitarist/bassist/vocalist Mark Van Natta dominates the composing credits on the new upcoming Aethellis album, tentatively titled The Affinity Oeuvre. The album masters are in at Melodic Revolution Records and will also feature Ellsworth Hall on keyboards, vocals, guitar and drum controller as well as Erik Marks on bass.

The 2021 and 2022 Summer and Fall performances featured virtuoso guitarist Chris Marks (
supporting Mark Van Natta) with drummer Mark Lucas. Also electric violin/viola player and vocalist Geoff Holdridge performed with the band once again making the group a 6-piece the first time in its history. The band returns for more performances including the Ellicott City Spring Fest sponsored by Little Market Cafe in April 2023. See more on the Gigs page.

Guitarist/vocalist Mark Van Natta and keyboardist/vocalist Ellsworth Hall also performed as a duo (The Markells) at a few selected venues in 2022.

8/18/2021  Aethellis'
digital download version of A Home In Your Thoughts is still available and a new CD production run is planned for 2022.

Although not currently available as a CD (sold out), a new production run is planned and the digital download version is still available.

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By turns plaintive and inspiring, “A Home In Your Thoughts” is meditation on the persistence of overcoming obstacles, while the joyous, uplifting and powerful “Second Home In Your Thoughts” represents the fruition of that persistence with its multi-thematic epic structure.

“Believe In Somebody” is a punchy concise pop/rock offering with prog flourishes and more uplifting lyrics. This song received the Runner Up Award from the 2014 Song of the Year Contest.

“Janice,” tells the story of a divorced man attempting to reconcile with his ex, detailing his frustrations, yearning and ultimately his belief in the power of love. Add this to an infectious funky groove that spirals into prog territory in the latter half of the song which includes jazzy riffs and solos and concludes with a variation on the main riff but this time in 5/4 (which is hinted at earlier in the song). 

3/12/2020   Aethellis' new video, "A Home In Your Thoughts," a song from the latest release of the same name.

10/4/2019  New review by The Progressive Aspect of
 A Home In Your Thoughts

"I’m not sure if it’s just me, or do you sometimes hanker after some classic sounding prog from new bands? I’m after a classic, long piece that offers room for improvisation, uses strong reoccurring melodies and has some emotional value to it. Well in this Baltimore based band I think I may have found what I’m looking for, or at least something akin to it." - Read the full review by John Wenlock-Smith.

The second album, Aethellis: Northumbria

"It's still all progressive rock, but there are a lot of variants on that general musical theme here... This is a great disc. Those that liked the first one should like this one, perhaps more so. It would also make an excellent introduction to a killer modern progressive rock act." - read the full track-by-track review at Music Street Journal

"Aethellis is a band that's kind of everywhere in their approach to symphonic rock, but there's always the constant of great songwriting. "Northumbria" is an album full of great melody and atmosphere with production that pleases the ear.  Not just pleasing, but memorable."- read the full review by Progulator at The Prog Archives

"Want to say to all of Aethellis your album is a 10/10 top on the pile piece of work!" - Honey For Your Ears (UK Internet Radio)

Northumbria is feeling , finesse, hard work, dedication and effort. It's an album with a soul that transcends time , is an intelligent, optimistic work ...
- Descubre la Caja de Pandora, July 2012 issue

On "Northumbria" Aethellis has captured the very essence of the original prog/rock pioneers who soldiered on to help shape the changing face of progressive rock as it edged into the 80s.... The album is highly recommended to fans to symphonic rock, neo-progressive, and fusion. And anyone with a healthy respect for keyboard driven prog/rock. - read the full review by Joseph Shingler at

... undoubted talent is clear from tracks like "The Peace Path" with its bouncy and sunny jazz/funk-meets-Yes vibe, and "Sounds Good," which could sit next to any of Brand X's more commerical-minded offerings. - Gary Mackenzie for Prog Magazine, issue #47 (July 2, 2014)

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