New album "Sables" out on April 26th!
The ever-evolving quartet VAURA follows up their 2013 album The Missing almost six years later with Sables, their most refined and contemplative release yet. Introspective and somber, Sables finds the band shedding most of its post-metal heaviness in favor of experiments with brooding kosmische musik and the more avant-garde elements of new wave.
Featuring Josh Strawn (Azar Swan) on vocals, guitar and synthesizers, Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia) on guitar, Toby Driver (Kayo Dot) on bass, and Charlie Schmid (Tombs) on drums and electronics, VAURA engages ever more with their UK and German prog/art rock influences to grandiose and eerie effect. While still retaining the distinctive and specific style carved out on the band’s first two releases -- Selenelion in 2010 and The Missing one year later -- Sables is the all-vital third LP, a concise collection of meditative compositions on endings and extinctions. Brilliantly complemented by the mixing and production work of legendary UK producer Peter Walsh (Scott Walker, Peter Gabriel), VAURA has delivered their best sounding, most intricate and realized album yet.
Issues Post-Punk in an advance investigation of the record, “Since their inception in 2012, [VAURA] has carved out a unique space in the metal spectrum, drawing heavily upon black metal, Peter Gabriel, Gene Loves Jezebel, and Fields Of The Nephilim, just to name a few (but not limiting ourselves to these) touchstones. What continues to drive the band is their ever-expanding sonic palette – while some artists choose to create genre pieces that are borderline pastiche, VAURA has always explored new territory and challenged perceptions, while at the same time creating some of the most interesting, ear-catching records this side of the spectrum."