Title - 'Binary Garden'
Artist - Auras
For those not in the know, Auras is a four-piece Canadian progressive metal band from Waterloo, Ontario.
Founded in March 2010, the group is composed of Josh Ligaya and Aaron Hallman (guitars), Eric Almeida (vocals), and Nathan Bulla (drums).
They released their debut 7-Track EP Panacea in January of 2013 and have been gaining momentum ever since.
Indeed, in the summer of 2013, the band followed up Panacea with a single called 'Adverse Condition', a hint of their newly developed sound.
Noted for their tasteful combination of riveting grooves and harmonious melody, Auras continue to challenge themselves musically to bring fans consistently fresh material.
Furthermore, Auras operate in a musical landscape instantly familiar to devotees of Meshuggah, Periphery, The Contortionist, and Tool.
But their specific take on the genre combines the bite of thrash, the weight of death metal, and the spirit of hardcore with a hypnotic groove-oriented pulse shrouded in a captivating atmosphere.
Thus, with that in mind, Auras' new album Binary Garden (out July 12th, 2019 via eOne Entertainment) explores the complex relationship between humankind and technology; as people evolve from symbiotic parts of mother nature into cybernetic bits of code.
2. 'Pseudo Intellect'
4. 'Another Place'
7. 'The Last Canary'
8. 'The Demoness'
The intellectual depth of the subject matter on Binary Garden is juxtaposed by its immediate accessibility. The expansion of Auras into bigger melodic hooks is more suited to the digital single oriented era than ever; even as Binary Garden works as a cohesive whole.
From the moment the building of 'Momenta' and its drum-led movements come to the fore quickly followed by Almeida's distinctive death metal vocals, you know exactly what you are in for here.
Their version of prog-metal continues onward with the frenetic duo of 'Pseudo Intellect' and 'Erode' and then one of my own personal favorites on this new album, the growing spirit within 'Another Place.'
The spatial ambiance that opens 'Whiteout' continues to weave through the track and that's backed by both 'Disenchant' and the crashing guitar work of 'The Last Canary.'
Another stand out track is the disjointed appeal of 'The Demoness' which is followed by the peaceful, melodic presence found within 'Essence.' The album then rounds out with the known quip and bite of the band on 'Abyss.'
Auras continue to throw new curveballs, pulverizing through tight musical corners with precision, filling their songs with rhythmic twitches and warped riffs that beckon listeners down a new rabbit hole with each rewarding repeated listen.
It’s all imbued with a deep sense of connection to the audience and an emphasis on communication. Ergo, Auras shouldn’t just be listened to. This is music that simply must be experienced.
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