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Kaura E.P,

by Kaura

Kaura (pronounced 'kay-aura') was born from the vision of infusing the aggressive power of hard, yet melodic rock with the haunting and ethereal sounds of ancient instruments.The Los Angeles-based band came to be after many years of seeking out these exot
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1. The Falling
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2. Now or Never
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3. Becoming
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4. Dividing Lines
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Kaura (pronounced kay-aura) was born from the vision of infusing the aggressive power of hard, yet melodic rock with the haunting and ethereal sounds of ancient instruments. In the short time since the band formed in 2005, they have been invited to open for TOOL, Rob Zombie, and Godsmack by Bill Graham Presents, and had A Perfect Circle’s Paz Lenchantin play on their self released EP. In addition, they traveled to the distant lands of India, Thailand, Bali, Cambodia, Laos, and Nepal to seek out instruments and experiences to fully realize their vision; all of which was captured on video and made into their “Travels” DVD.

“We wanted to have the ability to infuse hammered dulcimers with distorted guitars, gamelan bells and tabla with tribal drums to create this really expansive depth of sound." Benjamin explains. The Berkeley-based band came to be after many years of envisioning the message, mood, sights and sounds that would be used to create the unique palette from which the vision of Kaura would be painted. Comprised of Malcolm Guess (vocals, guitar, tabla), Benjamin Jones (drums, percussion), Michael Cates (bass), Ben Rojas(guitar)and Yosh(hammered dulcimer, gamelan, percussion); the band sought to not only carve out a unique musical voice but also a different lyrical voice. "The lyrical focus is more on themes of evolution, re-birth, social and personal consciousness rather than the standard self-loathing, angry at-the-world fare of most hard rock bands" says Guess. Drawing from his experience as a sound engineer, Guess recorded and produced Kaura’s self-titled 5-song EP released in mid 2005.

Returning from their travels in early 2006, they began writing material with their new instruments and the inspiration of their adventures. Though they have accomplished and created a lot in the short amount of time being a band, Guess suggests “We’ve but only hinted at what’s to come”.



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Awesome Kaura!
I should have checked back sooner because I didn't know that I could leave a review. The cd came pretty quickly, obviously not fast enough because as soon as I ordered it I wanted to listen to it right away. The cd is awesome and I can't wait for the next one. Soon I hope.


Refreshing, Amazing
I heard this band on XM unsigned and I couldnt wait to get the cd to hear other songs. This band is great and i recommend them to anyone who wants something different from the mainstream rock. they offer a great sound and i am waiting for their full length cd to come out.


Awesome CD.
This CD is great. I heard about them through Tool, so I picked up their EP. It's a perfect blend of ancient instrumentality and modern alternative rock. 5 for sure.


hauntingly beautiful
Kaura deserves major props for their style in music. I was told about the band through Myspace, and I am very gald I took the time to check it out. Soon after, I bought the CD and am very satisfied with it, the only thing is that they deffinently left me wanting more. Great job Kaura, I hope to see you live in concert soon.


cool sounding band
I heard this band on xm unsigned and liked what I heard so I checked them out. I glad I did beacause this ep is pretty cool,it makes you want to hear more.Check it out Ithink you'll enjoy. (keep it up guys I hope we hear more in the future:)


Excellent EP, it just seems to get better and better.
This EP is well worth the money for any lovers of progressive rock, The sound is gritty and real, incorperating what sounds like middle eastern influences into a rich and well textured sound. Similar in ways to tool, while remaining fresh and interesting. In other words... BRILLIANT!


Loved it!
This cd rocks! I'm looking forward to hearing more songs by Kaura!

James Adams

This cd is great cant wait to hear more
I found out about this band from myspace and it was by luck I found them. The Ep is breath taking and I am waiting for your full length cd and also to see you live.


The music is just beautiful, you can't stop listening to it!

Tuomas Rajala

Kaura's first is perfect!
I keep this review short. Kaura's first self-titled EP is just perfect in length. The five songs makes you wanting more and the more you listen to it the better it gets. "Hard-dark-searching" rock mixed with ancient and far eastern instruments is a bloody good combination. The ancient instruments could have been brought out more in the mix. I'll wait anxiously for the next and full length release which hopefully is under way.
By the way "kaura" is Finnish and means "oat":)
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