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Vaura are an experimental metal quartet from Brooklyn, New York, consisting of guitarist Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia), bassist Toby Driver (Kayo Dot, Maudlin of the Well), guitarist/vocalist Joshua Strawn and drummer Charlie Schmid (both of Religious to Damn).

For a group whose members boast impressive and highly eclectic musical resumes, running the gamut of everything from avant-garde and technical death metal projects to ambient and Middle Eastern folk groups, Vaura manage to sound very little like any of these related projects and create a very unique, dark sound for themselves. While the band incorporates elements of art rock, post rock, and occasional black/death metal moments, Vaura more often channel the dark, seedy vibes of post-punk groups like Swans and Killing Joke or the gothic, effects-laden eeriness of The Cure or Bauhaus. Present in their work is also a strong, almost dream-like atmosphere that could even be comparable to post-rock groups
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VAURA Selenelion

Album · 2012 · Atmospheric Black Metal
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When it comes to films, there are few directors that manage to consistently impress me like Stanley Kubrick. The man has simply released countless masterpieces throughout his long and illustrious career, including immortal classics like A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, and 2001: A Space Odyssey, to name but a few. Part of what makes his films so great, in addition to numerous other factors, is his remarkable ability to create unsettling and powerful atmospheres in virtually any setting. When I heard that the debut album from New York-based metal act Vaura attempted to create the atmosphere of Kubrick's films in an avant-metal setting, you could say that I was intrigued. The fact that the project also consisted of some fairly seasoned musicians, including Toby Driver (of Kayo Dot and Maudlin of the Well fame), led to some high expectations on my part. After giving Selenelion quite a bit of attention lately, I can safely say that the band has lived up to all of them.

Selenelion is, at its core, a post-metal album with some leanings into avant-garde and progressive rock territory, but tying Vaura down to a simple label can be quite tough. Melancholic ambiance reminiscent of post rock is a frequently explored style, creating strong dynamics in contrast with the sludgy riffs, powerful vocals, and raw atmospheres. Like most of Kubrick's films, this album may take a few spins to 'click' for most listeners, as the complex compositions and dense arrangements will take a little time to get used to. On the surface, Selenelion is a dark, heavy, and rather quirky album, but over repeated listens, beautiful melodies really begin to set in and leave a major impression on the listener. That's the sign of a great album in my opinion, and it's exactly this depth that makes Vaura such a worthwhile act.

In short, listeners in search of a forward-thinking and unique modern metal album owe it to themselves to check out Selenelion. Vaura's unique concoction of post rock, sludge metal, avant-garde, progressive rock, doom metal, and black metal sets them apart from most other acts on the scene, and their tasteful sense of composition makes them well-worth listening to. Hopefully we get to see more from this promising quartet in the near future!

VAURA Selenelion

Album · 2012 · Atmospheric Black Metal
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This album was brought to my attention earlier this year and I was excited to hear it. A collaboration between members of some of the most forward thinking projects of the last decade.

The music is almost impossible to define. Lots of styles and sounds are explored throughout the album. The opening track 'Souvernirs' is instantly energetic with a dark Post-Metal feel to it and opens the album perfectly. 'Drachma' and 'Relics' are the most ambient tracks on the album featuring powerful guitar lines and atmospheric vocals.

The heaviest tracks are 'The Emanation' and 'Obsidian Damascene Sun' which sounds almost Black Metal-like in places. With fast drumming and heavy guitar lines.

The closing tracks 'Selenelion' and 'The Zahir' again explore different styles featuring softer more atmospheric music and close the album strongly.

This is definitely a masterpiece of an album, featuring fantastic musicians and creating something completely original.

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