Ara is a new name to me but a quick google search made me realise the band has actually been going for eight years, having released an EP and a full-length album before Jurisprudence. The original members are all still there where three of four members have the sludge/post-rock band Northless in common. Quite a step away from that genre when they dabble with technical/progressive death metal. Interesting as it sounds I obviously had to give their past work a spin before going into their new offering.
Giving a listen to Devourer of Worlds I found it being a bit dull truth be told, a bit too progressive for my taste. Now enter Jurisprudence and all that is gone! While the album is still on the progressive spectrum of death metal this is more of a mix between the technical and progressive than the previous album, exactly what I was hoping for when going into this. Jurisprudence is even a bit on the brutal side, especially the vocals are gnarly as hell where Cryptopsy and Deeds of Flesh comes to mind and I didn’t hear any of that before. As I stated earlier Ara was a new band I’ve familiarized myself with but the time I’ve had with them shows that Jurisprudence is in my opinion their best work to date, by far. I love the mix between the brutal, technical and progressive sides of death metal which they execute with ease. Actually quite impressive seeing the band hails from the sludge and post-rock world, really a world a part from what’s being played here. Loving how they as musicians break their own boundaries like that, I’m sure they learn things along the way they can incorporate in their other projects in the future.
This is definitely an album I will come back to more than just this once even though it probably won’t win any non-believers of tech-death into the genre as it’s nothing you haven’t really heard before. It’s far from perfect but for fans of the genre who likes a big bag of mixed candy with everything brutal and technical this will be a sweet weekend treat to you. Also big plus on the beautiful artwork by Eliran Kantor who just seems to do no wrong and keeps delivers some of the best work in the business.
Release date: May 15th, 2020
Favorite track: Cytokine Storm
For fans of: Anata & Deeds of Flesh
Score: 3.5/5 Very good