Released: 1998, Independent
Reviewer: Nathan Robinson
Aghora is a new band from Florida which have so far released a three-song demo. The music they play is very hard to categorize, but I'd say it's progressive metal. There's lots of mellowness, which effectively emphasizes tranquil atmosphere and soothing emotions, further backed by a very gifted female vocalist. Danishta Rivero's vocals remind me of The Gathering, but I believe Danishta is better, because she has more range and variation. Aghora's music is somewhat technical, and has its heavy moments too. Bassist Andy Deluca can be heard throughout the recordings, which is good, because he knows his instrument well. He also utilizes a chapman stick, an amazing instrument indeed. And Cynic fans should know that drummer Sean Reinhert performs on this demo. Although his performance is top-notch, he doesn't go wild like with Cynic or Death, because the music here doesn't call for it. Guitarists Charlie Ekendahl and Santiago Dobles also know their instruments well, and are very convincing of their talents. They also incorporate some fortifying synth work. And thankfully, there is some great lead guitar work by Santiago.
Aghora successfully present a new sound and fresh talent in the realm of progressive music. I don't know who this band would appeal to, but I think Cynic fans are open-minded enough to find interest in this band. Aghora are finishing their second demo and have signed to Laser's Edge/Sensory for their debut LP, which should feature appearances by ex-Cynic bassist and guitarist Sean Malone and Paul Masvidal, as well as Fredrik Thordendal of Meshuggah. Aghora have a bright future ahead of them and their debut album should be spectacular! For information on how to obtain a copy of the demo, or to preview a track, visit their web site at: http://www.veilmaya.org/aghora/
Keep an eye on this band!!!!