Arity is fronted by Nicole Macias. In addition to throwing down some pretty impressive vocals, Nicole also plays one of the three guitars in the band with considerable skill. The other two guitars are manned by Albert Burrola and Anthony Burrola. They play off of each other incredibly well and, combined with Nicole’s playing, went through some great three-part harmonies that take full advantage of all of their strings. Rounding the band out in the rhythm section are Shawn Hernandez on bass and Chris Hunter on drums. They worked together wonderfully to hold the band together through their numerous meter changes, which are prevalent throughout Arity’s music.
I found myself particularly impressed by the guitar harmonies this band wrote. I’m not entirely sure what the intervals between some of them were, though they created a beautifully haunting sound that I don’t think I’ve heard anywhere else. I also enjoyed the constant changes in meter; as a prog fan, it’s something I believe more bands should take advantage of when looking for new sounds. The fact that they found a singer who could sing and play these parts only added to the effect.
All in all, Arity is in impressive band all around, and definitely fills a niche in the LA music scene that nobody else has laid claim to. Fans of progressive bands like Periphery and Dream Theater should definitely be taking note, for Arity is one of those bands that is likely to become a real force in the progressive metal scene. I can safely say that I have no regrets about taking a chance on this band that I’d heard of, as of writing this article, a mere five days prior. I look forward to seeing what else comes from this band in the following months and years.