Review online: January 20, 2016
Reviewed by: MetalMike
DemiAura is a Progressive Metal band based in Phoenix, AZ that was formed in 2013. 2015 sees the release of their debut, self-titled album (only available digitally at this time) and I have to say I’m not the Progressive fan I once was so when I see “progressive” and multiple songs regularly topping seven minutes my eyes start to roll back in my head. Color me pleasantly surprised with DemiAura’s music. Comprised of just a guitarist, drummer and keyboardist currently (all handle multiple instruments and electronics) the album features no vocals but is nevertheless an engaging listening experience. Maybe it’s that they hearken back to the Prog/Space/Folk Rock of the 70s on songs like “Astral World” and “Wind of Deliverance,” evoking bands like Yes, Starcastle and Jethro Tull while others channel Dream Theater, Anubis Gate and the like that has me intrigued. It’s probably just that the guys in DemiAura are good songwriters. Information on their website and Facebook pages is scant though they appear to be looking for a vocalist (among other musicians) so who knows what they may be capable of with a more complete lineup. Either way I found this album to be rather enjoyable and encourage Progressive Metal fans to give it a whirl.