Rumbling Minnesotan post-metal from Earthrise
Opening with a quote from 1962 Danish sci-fi film Journey To The Seventh Planet, Eras Lost, the debut from Minneapolis’ own Earthrise, lays down the band’s ambition in a nutshell:
Admiring such bands as The Mire, East of the Wall, Mouth of the Architect, Jesu, Cult of Luna, Neurosis, KEN Mode and The Ocean, as indicated on the Facebook page, I think it was always going to be hard not to love these guys. Eras Lost is undeniably an amalgam of these influences, but wrapped up in a package all of their own.
The album flows incredibly well from the outset, despite its 53-minute run-time. Heavy in a low, rumbling fashion when it wants to be, but also delicately crisp in its leads and more ethereal offerings. It’s the dichotomy between these sections and the throat ruining vocals of Tom Hillmann that give Eras Lost its real edge. His rasping, hardcore-style reminds you that, whatever slow-rolling epicness is going on muscially, this is a fucking metal record, and you’re not to forget it for a moment.
Seismic and sample-rich as it is, all devices are used sparingly and to maximum effect, conveying at times the fear and psychological stress of Journey To The Seventh Planet in ways I’m sure even the filmakers hadn’t imagined.
[19th June 2012]
01. Challenger Deep
04. Former Worlds
05. Polar Low
08. Eighteen Hundred
11. Frame Dragging
Popping up in the credits are a couple of well-known names to The Monolith – namely guitarist Steve Henningsgard and vocalist Adam Clemans from the now defunct fellow Minnesotans Iron Thrones. Both contributed musically one way or another, but Henningsgard gets engineering credits too, and is making a name for himself with Signaturetone Recordings, the Minneapolis studio where he works. It was a nice surprise to see his name involved, and this seems like exactly the sort of thing he’d thrive on working with.
I’m also in love with the vibrant art of Paul Friemel. It evokes an even earlier sci-fi film, Metropolis, in its night-time skyline, and the colours are cold but really strong.
Eras Lost is available digitally for whatever you wish to pay for it, with a physical release and merch on offer too.