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. The album was recently released on 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.
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 The Circle Pit to premiere a drum playthrough video for “Abhortion”
You can watch the playthrough video HERE
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