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Aerius is a 3-piece American metal band from Wilmette, Illinois. Their music has been described as math rock, djent, and progressive metal. The band currently consists of guitarist Nolan Kiser, bassist Austin Lyons, and drummer Liam Fagan. In June 2017, they released their debut EP, Augment. Augment was independently written and produced by the members of Aerius, consisting of the songs "Prologue", "Id", "Catharsis", "Cain Complex", "Madjenta", "Lucid", and "Epilogue".

Origin Wilmette, Illinois, United States
Genres Progressive metal, djent, Progressive rock, Math Rock
Years active 2016–present
Labels Independent
  • Nolan Kiser
  • Austin Lyons
  • Liam Fagan
Past members
  • Truman Sinclair


Original lineup and All Of The Above (2014–16)

The band Aerius was founded in 2016, but in 2014-16, the original lineup was in a pop punk band called All of the Above. All of the Above never released any music, and was very unsure of their musical style, or if they were playing punk, groove metal, or rock. When vocalist and rhythm guitarist Truman Sinclair moved to Los Angeles, California, the remaining members (Nolan Kiser, Liam Fagan, and Austin Lyons) decided to take the band in a progressive direction.

Aerius and the creation of Augment (2016–17)

In late 2016, Aerius wrote their first song, "Id", for their debut EP, Augment.

Aerius wrote six other songs for their debut EP Augment: "Prologue", "Catharsis", "Cain Complex", "Madjenta", "Lucid", and "Epilogue".

Augment was recorded independently in Nolan Kiser's basement. Synths and drums were programmed by Liam Fagan using Logic Pro X. The recording process for Augment began in September 2016, and ended in June 2017. Augment was released on June 30, 2017 on most digital music platforms. After releasing the EP, Aerius filmed a guitar play-through for "Lucid", and a bass play-through of "Id" for their YouTube channel.



Guitarist Nolan Kiser uses an Ibanez RGDIX7MPB and a PRS SE Mark Holcomb, along with a Fractal Audio Axe-FX II XL+.


Bassist Austin Lyons uses an Ibanez SR505, a Kiesel Vader V4, and various effects by Darkglass Electronics.


Drummer Liam Fagan uses Gretsch Drums, Zildjian cymbals, Pro-Mark sticks, Remo drumheads, and Tama Drums hardware.



  • Augment (2017)


Current members

  • Nolan Kiser – guitars (2014–present)
  • Austin Lyons – bass, production (2014–present)
  • Liam Fagan – drums, programming (2016–present)

Former members

  • Truman Sinclair – vocals, guitar (2014-2016)


Aerius employs two different tunings throughout the Augment EP. All songs except for "Madjenta" are in Drop C# tuning (C#G#C#F#A#D#) on a six-string guitar and a four-string bass. Madjenta is in an altered drop G tuning (GDCFAD) on a six-string guitar and five-string bass. Their seven-string guitar/five-string bass tunings are Drop G# (G#D#G#C#F#A#D#) and Drop C# with a G# on the low string (G#C#G#C#F#A#D#).

Aerius employs one other tuning for their eight-string songs. The tuning is double drop D# (D#A#D#G#C#F#A#D#).