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Earthrise
Eras Lost

Company: Self Release
Release: 2012
Genre: Post-metal, Doom
Reviewer: Grim Gaijin

  • Killer album



  • One of my favorite things to do these days is to peruse the endless amount of talent that reside on Bandcamp. With a DIY approach for many of the bands that have a Bandcamp page, the chances of finding something that is right up your alley are very easy. One of the bands that have caught my attention lately is Earthrise from Minneapolis, MN. Not only did the cool cover catch my attention, but with hash tags such as "post-metal", "doom", "progressive", and "experimental", I knew it had to be something right up my alley. Their debut album, Eras Lost, contains 11 tracks of brutal post-metal that demands to be heard!

    Right off the bat, Challenger Deep blew me away! Opening with a space-like riff, thrown over some ultra-heavy sludge, Earthrise resembled a great mix of Isis, Neurosis and Godflesh with a little Tool thrown in. Titan continues the heaviness with some mid-paced sludge and some low-end riffs. The third song, Suspension, slows things down a bit, but presents a more eerie side of Earthrise with some awesome delayed acoustic riffs. Next comes Former Worlds one of my favorite songs on the album. One of the riffs on this track reminds me of Merciless by Godflesh, as it transcends from brutal sludge to a calmer state. The mid-section of the album, maintains the formula of sludgy post-metal, until we get to the 10th song, Exhale. Wasting no time here, Earthrise starts the pummeling right from the beginning, while offering up some Obituary-like riffs. The final track on the album, Frame Dragging, is another Isis-like heavy hitter that even offers up some clean vocals. Combining all of the formulas from above, this is the perfect song for closing out this killer album.

    The production value is outstanding, as every instrument can be heard equally, with nothing really being drowned out in the mix. Tom's vocals are spot on and possible one of the best in the post-metal genre. Ever since the demise of Isis, I've been looking for a great post-metal/sludge band to fill the void, and I've definitely found it in Eras Lost by Earthrise. Do yourself a favor and head over to their Bandcamp page and support this great band so they can continue to bring us their brand of metal for many years to come!



    About this Writer:
    David Loveless // Dave's early introduction to Metal was listening to records by Black Sabbath and Kiss. Discovering Metallica's Master of Puppets on record at the local public library turned his world upside down. After spending nearly 24 years in Japan and expanding his love for the International underground metal scene, Dave (and family) now resides in the US. The savage brutality of Extreme Metal brings out the "Grim Gaijin" in him.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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    Eras LostEarthrise
    2012
    David Loveless5/10/2013


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