Met nog iets meer dan een maandje te gaan tot de release van het nieuwe album van Erra, worden we alweer op een nieuwe Erra track getrakteerd. En wat voor een! Scorpion Hymn is de opvolger van Divisionary, knalt loodzware, technische riffs, brute vocals en vette breakdowns door je speakers en laat een Erra in topvorm horen!
Vocalist J.T. Cavey over Scorpion Hymn: “The song features almost the entire spectrum of my voice. Producer Grant McFarland and Jesse Cash [guitarist] assisted on creating an ominous chorus that gets stuck in your head". Cash voegt hieraan toe: “The title refers to the fable of The Scorpion and the Frog, about the nature of violent instinct. It lent a means of having aggressive lyrics to compliment the aggressive style of the instrumentals. The theme deviates in the middle section with about 8 lines about self-reflection, hazy identity, perhaps imposter syndrome, and as final group of lines that summarize the development of jaded feelings towards aged aspirations”.
ERRA verschijnt op 19 maart via UNFD.
‘Erra’ Determination and steadfast dedication have defined ERRA’s path, forging a unique connection with an ever-growing audience, without the advantages of traditional recognition. Monumental riffs and enchanting melodies litter the cerebral, immersive soundscapes powering each of the progressive metal merchant’s albums, culminating in a career-defining fifth, boldly titled "ERRA". The highly anticipated album sees its release on March 19 via UNFD, their first for the label.
On "ERRA", the prolific metalcore progressives confront depression, anxiety and desperation throughout. The band take listeners on a near-out-of-body journey to Aokigahara, the infamous Suicide Forest of Japan; into episodic storytelling that would make Black Mirror writers proud; and into the literary works of Cormac McCarthy and Hubert Selby Jr.
"ERRA" was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Grammy-nominated duo Carson Slovak and Grant McFarland. It’s a definitive mission statement for Cash, vocalist J.T. Cavey, drummer Alex Ballew, bassist Conor Hesse, and guitarist Sean Price, each of them already well-respected players revered for their inspiring technicality and raw, natural talent.
The decision to self-title the album suits the themes of self-reflection and confrontation woven throughout the record’s mesmerizing 12 songs. “It’s clearly an evolution of the same band, it sounds like a record we wrote, but it’s such a big step forward from the last one that it seemed like the perfect time to self-title a record” Cash explains. “We wanted to give people who have been following ERRA the sense that we’re starting a new chapter, with something fresh”.