AURI begun its life with three people, united through their shared need to hear a kind of music which can‘t be described by words alone. A magical kind of sound to be heard whilst falling down Alice’s rabbit hole. The Finnish singer Johanna Kurkela lent her unique voice, while Troy Donockley and Tuomas Holopainen (both NIGHTWISH) cast their spells with various other instruments. Using selected guest musicians and friends, their self-titled debut album finally took its ultimate form under the direction of sound engineer Tim Oliver, all within the pastoral splendor of ‘Real World’ studios in Southern England.

Echoes of another world resound from the depths of the legendary rabbit hole. Music diffused with moments of silence and escapist dream sequences, freed from time and earthly presence – now immortalized on AURI‘s self-titled debut album, which was released on March 23rd via Nuclear Blast.

Troy Donockley says about the album, “The extraordinary thing about is that we had no producer. Most bands have a producer but we didn’t need or want someone who says ‘Could you just do that again, I didn’t like that’. It’s a really rare situation!”


Today, the band proudly announce the chart results of Auri, which not only charted an awesome #2 in Finland but also in many other countries! These are all chart entries:

#01 Finland (Physical)
#02 Finland (Physical + Digital)
#04 UK (Rock)
#11 UK (Indie)
#22 Switzerland
#29 Germany
#44 France (Top 200 New Downloaded Albums)
#72 Austria
#113 France (Top 200 New Albums)
#133 Belgium
#133 UK (National)
#154 The Netherlands

AURI also unveil the fourth album trailer today, in which the trio speaks about the album production and first takes. Watch the clip below!

Auri is available as digipak CD, 2LP gatefold Vinyl, limited Earbook and digital, here!

Tracklist Auri:
01. The Space Between
02. I Hope Your World Is Kind
03. Skeleton Tree
04. Desert Flower
05. Night 13
06. See
07. The Name Of The Wind
08. Aphrodite Rising
09. Savant
10. Underthing Solstice
11. Them Thar Chanterelles