Wisconsin-based old-school death metal meets technical death metal outfit Ara are back after an extended lapse in newly recorded music with their sophomore album, Jurisprudence, set for release this Friday, May 15th. It is the follow up to the group’s well-received efforts, 2012’s The Blessed Sleep EP, and their 2014 debut album, Devourer of Worlds.
The group generated massive buzz purely off the strength of their innovative music then, and are finally ready to return in 2020 with a worthy follow up in the form of Jurisprudence. For those new to the group, 3/4th’s of Ara play in the sludge metal/post-rock band Northless who are signed to Gilead Media.
The cover art for Ara – Jurisprudence was handled by renowned artist Eliran Kantor, known for his exemplary work for groups such as Testament, Iced Earth, Sodom, Sigh, Hate Eternal, Archspire, and many more. As a group who has taken their time to achieve something unique with each offering, Jurisprudence is surely the most developed work from Ara to date. Simultaneously mind-bogglingly complex, savagely brutal, and driven by atypical technical melodic death metal ideas inspired by Anata, Jurisprudence is neither typical fare nor easy to peg as simply one form of death metal at any given point of the release.
Ara – Jurisprudence will strongly appeal to fans of groups who the band cite as sources of inspiration which include Anata, Cryptopsy, Suffocation, and Deeds of Flesh.
The band partnered with Metal Injection to premiere an exclusive album stream of Jurisprudence ahead of its release tomorrow.
You can listen to Ara – Jurisprudence HERE
Metal Injection comments on the album stream launch of Jurisprudence
“Sometimes there’s nothing like some good old style death metal. Nothing quite quenches that thirst like something like Nile or Aeon sometimes. Luckily, if you’re looking for something along these lines, look no further than the second album from Ara. Ara‘s new album, entitled Jurisprudence, takes massive hints from the masters of death metal and infuse their own twists and brutality into their music.”
Ara – Jurisprudence Pre-order Link
Ara – Jurisprudence Line-Up
Adam Bujny- Vocals
Jerry Hauppa (Northless) – Rhythm/Lead Guitar
James Becker (Northless) – Bass
Erik Stenglein (Northless, Syrictus) – Drums and Lead Guitar