Erra
Andromeda


3.0
good

Review

by Nick Habisch USER (53 Reviews)
December 21st, 2010 | 90 replies | 19,892 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A young band shows it's potential (and youth)

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

From the depths of the Birmingham/Montgomery Alabama area comes a band with a different sound from the usual music coming from these parts of America. Unlike the usual Southern Rock sound, or Southern Sludge Metal bands coming out of the Southern portion of the country, we get Erra, a five piece Progressive Metal band, with their second EP entitled Andromeda.

Their sound much more borders on Periphery then their southern brethren Mastodon, with soaring guitar leads, punishing drums, and a combination of growls and melodic clean vocals. This EP starts out with the intro track, “Omega Children”. This track is really just one long (40 second) breakdown, which really does not prepare you for the next track, “Machina”. Instead of a breakdown happy band the listener might have been expecting, the band instead breaks out some technical guitar work, and shows off the talent of the guitarists. This style is retained for most of Andromeda, with only a few nicely placed breakdowns, such as the tail end of “Of Rare Reform” and the beginning of the title track. The rest of the album is a nice collection of riffs, melodic leads, and nice vocal work throughout.

The guitarists in Erra are the ones that set the tone for the band. With everything from tremolo picking, to some sweep picking, and nicely placed riffs in-between, these guitarists show up on the talent side of things. The drumming is impressive, showing restraint, and avoiding taking over the songs with too many fills. “Isolation Blue” in particular shows off the solid drumming with some catchy kick patterns and fills. The vocals are solid on Andromeda, with the growls being good enough to make up for the lack of any real variety, aside from a few cases, and the cleans being notably impressive in “Machina” and the before mentioned “Isolation Blue”. Both vocal styles do a nice job of keeping things interesting and helping the songs along.

Although this is an impressive release by a young band, there are still some things that hold it back from being very good. The music in general is relatively standard fare. It has been done before, and done a lot, so this is nothing groundbreaking. The harsh vocals rarely differentiate from the lower toned screams, which are good, but the lack of variety does get repetitive at times. The clean vocals are good quality, but may alienate some listeners who do not care for the higher-pitched singing.

Erra is a rising young band in the metal world. Although Andromeda suffers from some faults, there is potential; Erra just needs to branch out and try to be more original. This album has some interesting things that occur in it, and it is worth a listen if you are a fan of this style, but don't expect a groundbreaking, amazing listen.



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WhiteWallStargazers
December 21st 2010



2647 Comments


argh, album art didn't work

pizzamachine
December 21st 2010



12571 Comments


"The rest of the album is a nice collection of riffs, melodic leads, and nice vocal work throughout."

Hey Stargazers, good review! I think I'll check this out.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
December 21st 2010



10585 Comments


Neat, I'll have to read more of your stuff!

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Irving
Staff Reviewer
December 21st 2010



7143 Comments


Solid review. Have a pos mate.

WhiteWallStargazers
December 21st 2010



2647 Comments


Thanks guys! It's a pretty good album, generic yes, but there's potential and it may catch your ear.

FourSquare20
December 21st 2010



320 Comments


I've seen these guys live a couple of times. Cool to see a local band reviewed. I agree with the analysis. They're generic, but they definitely have talent and potential.

ianjulian
December 21st 2010



621 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The rest of the album is a nice collection of riffs, melodic leads, and nice vocal work

bloc
December 22nd 2010



34679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is pretty good so far, the clean vocals are definitely new to the whole genre.

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bloc
December 22nd 2010



34679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sonofa-

This is REALLY good

Shredzilla
December 23rd 2010



501 Comments


Played with these dudes and they are extremely impressive. Definitely NOT a very generic band, in my opinion and there songs are extremely technical but still catchy. I'm absolutely loving "Of Rareform."

sexpoi
December 28th 2010



599 Comments


sweet i wanna hear this

UO910
December 29th 2010



115 Comments


solid review, pretty good listen too

bloc
January 3rd 2011



34679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn, I might have to 4.5 this...

loveisamixtape
January 13th 2011



5904 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

heh, this band lives like 5 minutes from me.

did anyone by chance see the promo vid they released for this album? fucking hilarious

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bloc
January 22nd 2011



34679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh man them clean vocals

JeetJeet
February 1st 2011



709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

my god the end of Isolation Blue is so epic

TrevCore
February 2nd 2011



13 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the clean vox in Machina literally gave me chills the first few listens. too bad its just that one line...so amazing

ikarus
February 24th 2011



560 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

of rare reform and isolation blue are pretty fantastic, varied enough to not get boring and the guitar leads/riffs are rich and melodic

WhiteWallStargazers
February 24th 2011



2647 Comments


Woah, didn't realize this had this many comments/was this well received

bloc
February 25th 2011



34679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No way man, this is really good. I am actually shocked by your 3.



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