By Bryce Van Patten at Metal Express Radio
Prog Power Trio Finds a Voice
Though they’ve been around since the 90s as an instrumental group, DemiAura are releasing their debut album as a 4 piece band titled The Ascendant on Pavement Records. Originally conceptualized by drummer Keith Heaney, guitarist Bobby Chavez and keyboardist Jonathan Gabriel, Jr., the trio had sought a vocalist for years without a finding the perfect fit. That all changed in 2017 when they teamed with singer Chelsea Wrathchild, completing the Progressive Metal lineup, and leading to this first excellent offering.
Melody Meets Math
As one would expect with a Prog Metal band, there are lots of tricky time signatures to twist the brain. The guitar work is phenomenal, The keyboards are epic while the drums are expertly played. DemiAura draws its influences from giants of the genre like Rush, Fates Warning, Tesseract, Periphery, Liquid Tension Experiment, and Opeth to name a few. Making the change from a purely instrumental band to having a lead vocalist is not an easy task, and they are on their way to perfecting that goal.
Final NotesThe music is well written on every track. The musicianship all around is fantastic. Chelsea Wrathchild has an excellent voice, and seems a great fit with the band. That said, the songs are a bit on the long side, and could use more vocal parts to break things up. This is a strong debut album, with many great atmospheric moments punctuated by heavy syncopation. Fans of Dream Theater, Sons of Apollo, DGM and Progressive Heavy Metal will certainly dig The Ascendant. Definitely worth having in your collection!
Chelsea Wrathchild – vocals
Keith Heaney – drums
Bobby Chavez – guitar
Jonathan Gabriel, Jr. – keyboards
The Ascendant – Tracklist
01 – Pleiadian
02 – Heavy Skies
03 – Between Two Fires
04 – Through the Ages
05 – The Dreaming
06 – Antikythera
07 – Escaping the Event Horizon
08 – Shining Through
09 – Perfidy
10 – Equinox
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Original article link: https://www.metalexpressradio.com/2021/07/13/demiaura-the-ascendant/