WHAT STIRS WITHIN
OPEN YOUR EYES
Irish progressive metal squad Era Vulgaris display a multitude of influences on the eight-track WHAT STIRS WITHIN. A touch of folk, a slew of alternative, and a heaping pile of progressive seems to be this quartet's formula, as tracks like "Fate Draws a Curtian" takes a little bit from Megadeth, Sabbath, Finntroll, and Death and sculpts a weird but enticing composition while "Mark it Zero" takes a stab at the Clutch meets Faith No More style of raging metallic cadence. Free-thinking and fretboard abusing, Era Vulgaris are an intriguing band for those that appreciate their metal with equal parts of brains and brawn.