Onto the content. Every track on “Panacea” has something awesome happening for your brains to feast on. “Emerge” kicks things off with underlying ambiance before smashing your ear drums with a heavy edge. Clocking in at just under a minute, it serves as a strong intro. “Sciolist” is the first full track on the release. It was dropped a couple weeks back as the first official, fully-produced single from “Panacea”. This track features some massive rhythmic segments and a big vocal cameo from The Afterimage’s Kyle Anderson. Great stuff. “Aporia” packs one of the nastiest punches on the entire release. It also demonstrates this bands ability to transition seamlessly from extreme heaviness to melodic beauty about halfway through with a tasty segment and a stand out guitar solo provided by Aaron Marshall from Intervals. “Chimerical” is easily one of the best tracks on the EP. A single version was released exactly a year ago. There have been a few changes since then but it still stands as an awe-inspiring track with my favorite groove of 2013 so far. “Susurrus” is a great interlude, providing well composed, clean guitar work and a driving groove on the drums. It transitions nicely into “Cascade” which was also released as a single back in 2011. Yet again, there have been changes but it shines bright as ever. It includes possibly the tastiest section on “Panacea” in between it’s ruthless rhythmic complexity. And that leads us to the title track closing out the EP. “Panacea” is among the heaviest, most mosh-worthy tracks on the release. It also weaves in excellent melodic composition, especially towards the end. All in all, it closes out things nicely.
To sum things up, the Auras debut is a solid effort. Great for grooving and moshing alike, this is highly recommended to prog heads, tech heads, and metal heads in general. I have a feeling these guys are just scratching the surface of their full musical potential. Auras have a very bright future ahead of them. In the mean time, sample “Sciolist” along with the official EP teaser above and get stoked for Saturday! The band also has some awesome pre-orders on deck. If you’re interested in grabbing one, click here.