Formed in Wicklow, The Republic Of Ireland in 2004 from the ashes of Gambit these vagabonds moved to London, England and issued a single in November of 2006. Drummer Chris Con was recruited in 2005, but was replaced by Anthony Pellier following the album’s release. The band never had a demo. The band issued an album in 2007, which was promoted by Lugga Music agency. The album was indeed recorded between 2004 and 2006. Jamie Stungo replaced Jim Kent. By the debut’s release Era Vulgaris had played shows with Destruction, Amon Amarth and Candlemass.
ERA VULGARIS - WHAT STIRS WITHIN - OPEN YOUR EARS
Era Vulgaris claims to be a progressive metal band, but the only symbol of any progressive tendencies in the band’s repertoire is it habit of resorting to clean vocals and chanting. In fact, this group sounds like an old band called English Dogs, which were punks-turned-metallers. A muted Slayer and a digestible Megadeth are more apt claims for the band’s sound. Oddly, it is the aggressive vocals that work best and produce the band’s best moments. The band needs more of its thrashy edge and less of its attempts - intended or not - to sound like Hammers Of Misfortune. On another note, the drumming is sometimes out of sync with the rest of the band and the lead guitars out of tune. The band is fresh and in the process of maturing. The simplistic structures indicate this. The songs are long, possibly giving the band ammunition to call itself progressive, with I Must Have Your Brain even featuring jazzy interludes. Fate Draws A Curtain begins with a Megadeth riff before settling into a routine Era Vulgaris song. Imram is a lengthy instrumental at the album’s end that soon turns boring.
Era Vulgaris does not have a common sound, while things need a lot of improvement. This is the case of a band that has been signed too fast, hasn’t defined its sound and is currently too confident. The sound is a mix of Megadeth and English Dogs with a singer who sounds like Chuck Schuldiner’s early days. - Anna Tergel