(Austin Weber introduces our premiere of a new song by The Ritual Aura.)
Lately we have witnessed an off-shoot within the technical death metal sound, one more progressively focused than dedicated to sheer mind-numbing bouts of hitting listeners with hammers and bolts of sonic lightning. Acts such as Obscura, Fallujah, and most recently Beyond Creation, have exemplified this trend and taken tech-death in a new and higher-minded direction.
Joining these high-level acts are a group of Australian upstarts named The Ritual Aura who decimate with a focus and skill similar to that of the aforementioned bands. We at NCS are proud to showcase the considerable talents of this band with a premiere of their new song “Time-Lost Utopia”, which will appear on their upcoming full-length, Laniakea.
photo by Joseph Varley
It’s crazy how many ridiculously talented metal bands come from Australia, and The Ritual Aura are definitely one you’ll want to keep on eye on. They deliver a pummeling, yet progressive, assault on “Time-Lost Utopia”. The song is very prog-minded in its builds, riffing, and mesmerizing grooves, while equally spewing a shitload of super-charged aggression and venom at the same time. As a whole, it comes across in a cascading transcendental wave.
The song gets an additional boost from a guest solo by none other than Christian Müenzner (Spawn of Possession, Alkaloid, ex-Obscura), who delivers a massive volley of notes as per his usual, slick soloing style.
While the band doesn’t have a precise release date yet for Laniakea, expect it to come out later this year. Get hyped!