Era
Era


4.5
superb

Review

by rodrigo90 USER (11 Reviews)
August 19th, 2016 | 10 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This album may be the archetype of the New Age genre, but the result is surprisingly interesting.

When I was a child, I had a pirate copy of the album, and oh boy, even though I was not as technical as I am today in listening music genres, this album literally blew my mind.

The album is one of the few examples of the new age genre going mainstream along with Enigma and Enya.

Era is actually a musical project by French Musician Eric Levi, and his approach to the genre was even more experimental than the classic instrumentation of New Age in general and their genre colleagues. Levi incorporates Rock and even Heavy Metal influences on the mix. As an example The album's closing Impera features a Long guitar solo at the beginning of the song which, it is a common feature in most metal bands.

The album's major hit Ameno comprises an interesting choir with an awesome guitar solo and a drum track that is as catchy as hell, and the song practically encompasses most of the elements found on the album: the guitar licks and solos, the choirs, the solo vocals, the catchy drum rhythm and even the bass is a major factor in the songs.

The surprising thing about this album is the rhythm. This album actually brokes with the concept of the classic atmospheric and relaxing New Age song driven with pianos and choirs pretending to be in a Catholic mass; especially the song Cather Rhythm which I think is the closest thing I ever heard to be a power metal song. Easily the most "metal-driven" song in the album.

I love the vocals of the album, especially the one in "Mirror", the song is so beautiful that even those who hate the songs driven by vocals would fall in love after listening to the song. A variation of the song with the classic verse-chorus-verse can be found in the second album under the name of "Misere Mani"

The only problem of this album are the lyrics. Yeah, most of the songs are sung in what sounds to be an hybrid between Latin and other ancient languages. Amazingly none of the songs in the album sung in English had the success or the relevance of songs like Ameno or Divano.

The album is a must to both the dedicated listener and the casual listener who likes music in general.

My pick-ups for the album

- After time
- Cather rhythm
- Enae Volare Mezzo
- Mirror



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Comments:Add a Comment 
MrSirLordGentleman
August 19th 2016


14700 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice to see this got a review



I love this band's style

Trundle
August 19th 2016


3678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Enae volare mezzo remix is one of the best songs ever

rodrigo90
August 19th 2016


7097 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I am shock because I did the review in 15 minutes while listening to the album, and I'm terrible writing paragraphs without making drafts first.

Sniff
September 18th 2017


7241 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

A ME NO

MrSirLordGentleman
September 18th 2017


14700 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ameno is a perfect song. That's a fact

Asdfp277
December 6th 2019


23645 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

en este perfil dorime



en este perfil dorime

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Get Low
December 6th 2019


11433 Comments


Hadn't realized that Erra came out with a self-titled album.
Oh wait...

Asdfp277
December 6th 2019


23645 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

gettin that d&d vibes

MrSirLordGentleman
December 6th 2019


14700 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I unironically enjoy this project

Asdfp277
December 7th 2019


23645 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i ironically do



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