First and Last

by Auric

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Yasin Knapp This band is what sludgy prog metal needs, no contest. These guys deserve to be as huge as their sound Favorite track: Whitebeater.
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prosthesis_ The best in Progressive Sludge Metal, hands down. Favorite track: Summer Snow.
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This album was recorded live to tape with no overdubs at East Hall Recording.
Vocals were recorded later at Huntsville Road Studios.


released June 14, 2017

Erik Ebsen - Guitar, Vocals
Mitchell Fenex - Guitar, Vocals
Mason Gills - Bass
Logan West - Drums, Vocals

Songwriting on 'Concrete Devils' by Adam Ferrier
Mix, Master, Vocal Engineering by Logan West
Engineered by Chris Moore at East Hall Recording
Artwork by Vojtěch Doubek of Moonroot Art



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Auric Fayetteville, Arkansas

Auric is a progressive sludge metal band from Fayetteville, AR formed in 2011. Combining elements of post-metal, progressive rock, and blackened death metal, the four-piece have released two full-length albums and an EP earlier this year. The Arkansans have shared the stage with international acts Pallbearer, Inter Arma, Full of Hell & The Body, and Black Tusk. ... more

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Track Name: Concrete Devils
All of us
Organic greed
All of us

Crying out
From behind smiles
No real words
No one cares

The lust, the fear
All crust and smear
Teach us
Make us afraid of the familiar

Don't work together
Can't live apart
The polar order
No place to start

Anxiety separate
Issues depend
Loving demanding
Means to the end

Worship the
Primate upstart
Pretending to be masters
Of worlds and gods
War on nature
Be humble
Worship me
Track Name: Summer Snow
Wary from the trudge
Standing still
Souls sinking
Watching friends fall

Just two talking heads
Hair tangled with grass
Frozen in the wind
Seeking higher places

There is no need when drifting away from youth
There is no need for a new sensation
There is no need between trees and tall prisons
There is no need for fear of the wind that blows straight through your ears
Track Name: Whitebeater
Festering seeds take root in brain
Screaming at the back of sour teeth

Fusing with spine
Seeping into the arms and legs
Animating hate
Through the pores
Down the cheeks
Crawling onto mirror forming

Mocking me
Pity hymn
Plants a new seed
Track Name: Sabreteeth
Outstretched hand
Deeper in the river
Sinking through teeth
To a pale tongued whisper

Impressed as a failure
Make the journey home
Never let it rest
Walk the feet off of bones

Tie a noose
With my frayed rope soul
If you can't unravel the knots
Cut them out

A reversal
To become the ground
Lost in a reverie
Replaying all the memories

Kneeling down
Repetitions of final sounds
Half a life, heartened by hate
Crawling up crags that grew faster than me

How did I get so close
Just to let it take me down
Drowning insecurity

Bang my head twice
For each mistake
It makes no difference what I have done

Ghost behind
The amber eyes
Prowling queen
Crack bones in your jaws

Savor the ego dripping
Absorb guilt in your veins
Remold me
Into a face I've never been