"What Stirs Within" (Open Your Ears; 2007)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Hailing from the Emerald Isle, Era Vulgaris instantly impress with their debut effort “What Stirs Within.”

Progressive, forward-thinking and thrashy. These terms best describe “What Stirs Within.” The disc instantly made me think of Byzantine – both Byzantine and Era Vulgaris share a love for aggressive, speed-laden thrashy metal that isn’t afraid to push the boundaries and explore darkened corners of the human experience.

Occasionally, Era Vulgaris’ riffs are a little bit too American – for the lack of a better term. Not that I should expect there to be a proto-typical Irish thrash sound, because I doubt there really is one, or at least one that isn’t known outside the United Kingdom.

“What Stirs Within” is an impressive debut. I, for one, expect to hear more great things from Era Vulgaris.

“What Stirs Within” was produced by Chris Robertson.

Era Vulgaris is Chris Rob on vocals and guitar, Jim Kent on guitars, Dave Buttner on bass and vocals, Chris Con on drums.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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