ERRA
Augment


4.5
superb

Review

by Deuce8311 USER (16 Reviews)
November 2nd, 2013 | 33 replies


Release Date: 10/29/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The augmentation of an entire genre.

Metalcore has almost become a punch line in the music industry. This is due to the bands that have poisoned it in recent years well after its pioneers created the genre. It is filled with bands that copy each other, choose cheesy song titles, repetitive breakdowns, and mediocre auto-tuned vocals to fill their albums. *cough cough Rise Records* Thankfully, a few years ago, the unlikely state of Alabama churned out one of the best young bands to come on the scene in a while. The 5 piece of ERRA quickly became known for their mix of catchy choruses, lyricism, and djenty chords mixed with a bit of progressive sound. After a couple of EPs and the band's debut, Impulse, they quickly began to amass a large following.

Two years have passed since said debut was released, and we arrive to the end of 2013 which offers ERRA's sophomore album Augment. The opener titled Alpha Seed offers a nifty little lead riff, met by some fairly impressive drumming, and then some audible bass. Yep, that's right AUDIBLE bass. So many bands nowadays unintentionally drown out the bass in their songs. Though it happens in the album as well at times, overall the bass can still be heard mostly throughout. Sean even opens the track Ultraviolet with his bass, accompanied by Alex's drums, leading to a nice break in intro formula. Another example of this is the opening of Rebirth. Atmospheric synths and piano keys reminiscent of the ending of Seven off their last album open the song. Not to say that using these is a bad thing at all, but it shows how the band can differentiate their sound. It also showcases how well ERRA uses them, as opposed to their lesser brethren within the genre. On the contrary, most songs on the album open up with just straight heaviness.

Though it occurs in a few songs, peacefulness is not the trend of this album. Hybrid Earth was perhaps the best possible lead single the band could have picked, as it is an exemplary showcase of everything ERRA has to offer. Opening in a whirlwind of chaos instrumentally, the song shortly finds its rhythm once lead man Garrison Lee joins in with his low growls. When the first chorus hits, we are pleasantly smacked in the face with the soaring vocals of lead guitarist Jesse Cash, and a riff he plays that matches perfectly with his vocal delivery. He also lays down a couple of intense solos before letting out a scream of his own and leading back to the end chorus. Jesse steals the show not only on this song, (especially toward the end hitting the most RIDICULOUS high note I have ever heard) , but he inserts his cleans perfectly throughout the album with a more natural flow than on previous efforts. When coupled with the vicious vocals of front man Garrison Lee, whose range has improved as well, it results in a perfect contrast.

Of course there will always be critics complaining about the similarity to previous works, the growth of a band should be determined not by changing their sound into something "new", rather the cohesion of the band and how that showcases itself on the album. With the release of their sophomore album, ERRA shows that they have great chemistry, know their strengths, how to build off of them, and above all: TALENT. The quintet from Birmingham are gaining an ever-growing following faster than a wildfire spreads, and will continue to thanks to their revitalizing album that this genre desperately needed.



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other reviews of this album
itsalltherage (5)
Erra have managed to take their contrasting dual vocals, sprawling layered melodies & complex groove...

Wayne H. (4)
Erra prove they are perhaps the most genuinely inspired band in all of metalcore....

kidthatplaysguitar91 (3)
Overall this album sounds like Impulse 2, and listening from start to finish is quite a boring activ...

Esoteric (4)
Erra marked their crowning achievement through Augment by living up to its definition, in the most m...


Comments:Add a Comment 
Deuce8311
November 2nd 2013


90 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

My first review in a while. Thought the album was good, so I figured why not? :D

Tunaboy45
November 2nd 2013


2887 Comments


Recent Reviews:
Bon Jovi- What About Now
As I Lay Dying- Awakened


You're not going to fit in much here kid.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2013


50850 Comments


>talks shit about generic metalcore
>look at favorite bands, full of generic metalcore
>talks about pioneers of genre
>sees no pioneers of the genre in favorite bands
>4.5

Digging: Bobby Barnett - Little Wounds

Deuce8311
November 2nd 2013


90 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Oh trust me I know. Apparently you can't like more than one genre according to everyone -_-

Tunaboy45
November 2nd 2013


2887 Comments


Trebor makes an excellent point.

MikeC26
November 2nd 2013


3202 Comments


A little fan boyish but this is written pretty well. Pos'd

Tunaboy45
November 2nd 2013


2887 Comments


Do a different genre next time. Some deftones maybe? Some tool? Some pink floyd?
You know who tool are right?

Deuce8311
November 2nd 2013


90 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

haha yes I do! @Tunaboy45 Just because I'm young and like some current stuff like this doesn't mean I don't know good music from the past.

Tunaboy45
November 2nd 2013


2887 Comments


"From the past"
Tool aren't that old. Neither are Deftones.

Deuce8311
November 2nd 2013


90 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Still is part of the past technically.

Tunaboy45
November 2nd 2013


2887 Comments


If you say so. Just review something good next time.

TheNexus100
November 2nd 2013


2578 Comments


Killswitch Engage As Daylight Dies
My favorite album of all time, and one of the best metal records of the past decade.

Digging: Full Of Hell & Merzbow - Full Of Hell & Merzbow

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2013


50850 Comments


Howard, however is the best frontman in metal not only thanks to his effortless attempts to go from screaming to singing, but his ability to sound exactly the same live, and also his impeccable songwriting. He wrote "My Curse" in 20 minutes which has become their biggest and most known hit.

Deuce8311
November 2nd 2013


90 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Glad there's something we agree on! Howard is my favorite vocalist for the same reasons I heard he is going to be in a new band with the guitarist from All Shall Perish???

Nocturnal
November 2nd 2013


1329 Comments


You used the word djenty.

Neg'd.

intotheshit
November 2nd 2013


3639 Comments


"Yep, that's right, AUDIBLE bass."

Remind you of anything from your past, Proggy?

PistolPete
November 2nd 2013


3642 Comments


Gawd I hate summaries that try to be clever and tie in the album title. There have been so many reviews on here lately that do that.

Digging: Skyharbor - Guiding Lights

Tunaboy45
November 2nd 2013


2887 Comments


It's like doing a review of Saturday Night Wrist and saying "Deftones aren't a one trick pony!"
By the way I love your avatar.

PistolPete
November 2nd 2013


3642 Comments


^Lol, I bet if I go through all the reviews on this site there's probably one of those.

Tunaboy45
November 2nd 2013


2887 Comments


^I'm sure I've seen it somewhere! :D



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