ERRA
ERRA


3.5
great

Review

by ResidentNihilist USER (18 Reviews)
March 20th, 2021 | 238 replies


Release Date: 03/19/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Almost there but not quite...

Erra's Augment was an incredibly organic album. Little, fragmented leads would build and blossom into beautiful guitar solos. The clean sections would appear from nowhere and yet still sound as in perfect sync with the rest of the music. The contrasts between rhythmic chugging and more melodic playing always sounded well-balanced and never boring. Overall the album sounded like one cohesive whole. It was a beautiful exercise in controlled chaos.

Then something was lost. Whether it was the departure of guitarist and other main songwriter Alan Rigdon, Jesse Cash taking over songwriting duties or the move to Sumerian Records, the band went through a metamorphosis. When Drift was released, fans could tell a piece was missing. The consensus being that the sound had been streamlined towards catchiness and commercialism. What they'd lost in the process was the organic sound, spontaneity and controlled chaos that made the first two records so captivating. On their fifth album thankfully some of that old magic has finally returned.

The first two things that are noticeable are that the production is less polished. The mix places the vocals front and centre with the rest of the instruments revolving around them. Consequently, the album feels very vocal driven, but not at the expense of the other instruments. The lack of extra polish makes it feel as if the instruments are bleeding into one other in the more chaotic, texturally interesting sections. It brings a feeling of organic chaos and atmosphere that has been missing from the last two records.

To return to the vocal driven aspect of this album though this is also down to the fact that both vocalists have stepped up in a big way. JT Cavey sounds more forceful and displays greater range than ever before. Jesse too sounds less relaxed and more like he's pushing himself again, just like on Augment. The vocal hooks overall feel more engaging and dramatic like earlier albums. This really characterises this album; there's a real sense of drama and energy to this album that wasn't present in the last two and the sound feels revitalised because of it. For the first time in a while Erra sound like Erra again.

That being said this album isn't without its faults. For all the interesting textures that Jesse uses in his guitar playing, as well as a return to contrasting melody and aggression against one another again, his riff writing and arrangement lack the nuance of Alan Rigdon's songwriting and more often than not falls into djent cliches (see Snowblood and Gungrave for examples). This renders the album more homogenous than previous efforts with a good level of quality maintained throughout but with no real standouts to set this album apart, even from the previous two.

Make no mistake, though, this is a return to form, but there's still work that needs to be done for the band to ascend to further heights.



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ResidentNihilist
March 20th 2021


2050 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Would love to see this get featured as I'm a sucker for attention. Con crit welcome as always.

Purpl3Spartan
March 20th 2021


122 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Very well written review. I disagree on some points, but I appreciate the insight and can definitely understand this perspective



pos’d

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JeetJeet
March 20th 2021


9258 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Pos'd.

Cant decide if I wanna 2.5 this or 3 it.

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ResidentNihilist
March 20th 2021


2050 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cheers guys

ResidentNihilist
March 20th 2021


2050 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Go with what rating feels best Jeet

JayEnder
March 20th 2021


9637 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really nice review man, pos'd. Only error I could find is there's no "i" in Jesse's name.



Glad someone finally tackled this so we can get the hype train rolling here instead of the Neon thread lol.



Gungrave absolutely destroys.

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eames91
March 20th 2021


8 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Gungrave slaps. Wish bands can stop releasing so many singles then putting on the full length.

JayEnder
March 20th 2021


9637 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Jeet... way too low dude.

Get Low
March 20th 2021


9845 Comments


shit album

ResidentNihilist
March 20th 2021


2050 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cheers Jay editing done.

JayEnder
March 20th 2021


9637 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You hyped Landmvrks and they were the ones who ended up being shit lmao.

Durrzo
March 20th 2021


2345 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"What was lost nobody could quite put their finger on"



I mean... I don't think that's even a little bit true lol, everyone knows exactly what was lost. You even covered it in this review so that's a weird statement. Good review otherwise though.



Really digging this, not settled on a rating yet but it stomps anything since Augment. Great to be able to enjoy an Erra record again and not feel obligated to complain about JT. Gungrave and Shadow Autonomous are the early frontrunners but there are a lot of winners here imo.

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nash1311
March 20th 2021


2295 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Also disagree with this being “less polished”. This thing is pristine

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nash1311
March 20th 2021


2295 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Landmvrks was great though tbh. But let’s not derail

nash1311
March 20th 2021


2295 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Triple post: I think what I dislike about this album is the good tracks are amazing and the bad ones are real bad. So there’s such a stark contrast for me I don’t know how to rate this

SaveBandit
March 20th 2021


1893 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Landmvrks is ass lol



What songs do you not like Nash?

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nash1311
March 20th 2021


2295 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well I am an ass man.....

Need to give it more listens but: electric twilight, lunar halo, eidolon and the closer all did p much nothing for me

SteakByrnes
March 20th 2021


23249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Eidolon goes hard bro



Also yea that Landmvrks album is kinda trash

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onionbubs
March 20th 2021


13038 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

eidolon into remnant is such a fuckin combo

trilo
March 20th 2021


3772 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

those 3 are some of my fav tbh



gud album tho. their best since augment. band has been sorely missing alan for sure

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