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Matthew Rukgaber
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Matthew Rukgaber This is a far more blackened doom approach than their second album, which is not a genre I seek out. For me, it lacks the complexity of "Empty Seas" but it undoubtedly captures the punishing heaviness of southern nihilistic sludge. Favorite track: Abrasion.
Nihilist Prayer
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Nihilist Prayer This album starts it right for the lads; the musicianship here is good and genuine. Actually heard the newer release before this one, so I had to rectify a terrible mistake quickly. Majestic debut and entry above, certainly beyond mere sludge and 'post' trappings. Favorite track: In Memory.
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released February 4, 2014

Adam Ferrier – Guitar, Noise, Vocals, and Lyrics
Erik Ebsen – Guitar
Sebastian Thomas – Bass and Vocals
Logan West – Drums, Vocals, Noise, and Field Recordings

Drum Engineering by Chris Moore at East Hall Recording
Production by Logan West
Artwork by Sebastian Thomas
Design by Bailey Wise and Sebastian Thomas

Thanks to everyone who made this record happen: all of our friends, family, everyone we’ve shared the stage with, former member Mitchell Fenex who helped with songwriting, and Andrew Jenner for sharing gear.



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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: Abject
Goddamned by my outlook
The gulf between
Who I am and who I want to be
Grows every day
Track Name: Black Rivers
Your rivers run black
Torn down by past

Waiting for something to happen to you
Now, rise

A long road to nowhere
A long road that never began

Eyes strike center
Forward’s endless
Too soon to open the wound

Pulled along
like bramble in the water
Life in the undercurrent
Track Name: Abrasion
Made out to abrade the threshold
It was all on its own
But there you were

Burning in circles
Together entwined
Embrace your descent

You tear your flesh
Your existence is driven
To its dire end

Voraciously you seek the unclaimed
Watch your bridges burn
Taste the ash, breath the salt
Remember what used to belong
We learned to crash on you
Like waves unto the crust
Track Name: Among the Refuse
Withered to nether
I grow weary of this place
My goddess beckons
Her true flesh has shown

Fey antlers branch her lobes
Ritual transcends rationale,
Oh, how her hand beckons

Beyond the amber glow
Lies the ocean
I sink further, refracting light
One among the refuse

My dreams
Come to fruition
My lungs
Track Name: Swept and Swallowed
Never forget how small you are
Torn in half and severed twice more
Constantly crushed

Every weight is feeling heavier
Nothing has changed, nor will it ever
Constantly crushed

Coming to terms with the things I can’t change
Trying to kill what’s constantly killing me
Constantly crushed

I am nothing
Swept by the storm, swallowed by the earth
Track Name: In Memory
Rotting out

Under the radiated sky
Our sun bleached corpses
Will not be known for what they created,
But for what we ignored
There is no rest, there is no wake
The loveless procession never waits
When the words are sparse,
The eyes grow weary
Trudging through rock, blood, and bone
My mind leaves faster than limbs.
Ashes back to Earth

This fading glimpse
Has run its course
Clearly broken
We refused to change
I refused