Maybe a more atmospheric epos due to its use of passages with extensive keyboards, Aura is at the same time a more aggressive and raw creation when it's seen in opposition with the previous releases. The same mélange of styles, a very specific characteristic of our combo: Gothic/Doom/Death Metal combined with parts of Black Metal and traditional inserts. The novelty of this album consists, without any doubt, in the introduction of new elements, like those Electro arrangements which defy the typical approach, and the traditional tunes inspired from the beautiful folklore in Bucovina. The result is a special consistency between the Metal genre background and the local legacy for emotional threnody. Without question the album has the merit of flirting with the Avantgarde by trying new and uncharted musical territories and it marks the end of the Doom/Gothic Metal period of the band and the beginning of a brand new one: the pagan and folkloric era!
This album is dedicated to the memory of our best friend Raschitor Neculai 'Bobitza' (R.I.P.)!
released December 14, 2002
* Cover version MUSIC INSTRUCTOR after Rock Your Body [BRAINBUG Remix] (music by Triple-M Crew), used with kind permission by © 1998 Fuel Records (www.warnermusic.com
** Bonus track, originally released on Sublime album in 1998.
*** Bonus track, originally released on From The Moldavian Ecclesiastic Throne album in 1997.
Constantin 'Costel Castor' Lapusneanu (vocals & lyrics)
Ioana Doroftei (vocals)
Eugen 'Gelu' Lapusneanu (lead & rhythm guitars)
Dan Cozma (bass)
Elena Doroftei (vocals & viola)
Manuel 'Maanu' Giugula (keyboards)
Adrian 'Dray' Olaru (drums & percussion)
Composer: Eugen 'Gelu' Lapusneanu & Constantin 'Costel Castor' Lapusneanu
Recording Studio: Voices Studios (Iasi, Romania) & Dream Sound Studios (Arad, Romania)
Producer: GOD The Barbarian Horde & Pro-Art Nova
Mixing: Tibor 'Tubi' Kati, Eugen 'Gelu' Lapusneanu & Constantin 'Costel Castor' Lapusneanu
Mastering: Tibor 'Tubi' Kati, Eugen 'Gelu' Lapusneanu & Constantin 'Costel Castor' Lapusneanu
Artwork Credits: Constantin 'Costel Castor' Lapusneanu, Ciprian 'Darkheim' & Julius von Sammaël
LABEL/PUBLISHER: GOD The Barbarian Horde