"Logroño, Spain's Ernia kicks its way onto the Already Dead Tapes' roster with their self-titled album. Recorded between 2013 and 2015, 'Ernia' smashes itself into your earholes and doesn't let up for the full run time.
Blending the lines between death metal, grindcore, metalcore, skate punk, and classic heavy metal, this is one face smash of an album. The band 'shares a love for fast music and dumb jokes,' and apparently their like-mindedness pays off by way of brutal, heavy riffs on the backs of grinding drums and screeching vocals.
This album reminds me of wonderful days in the mid-00s: white belts, skinny jeans, and bare-knuckle brawls of live shows. This could have easily been a band that I was in love with in my early 20s along with bands like Converge, Me and Him Call It Us, Hewhocorrupts, Every Time I Die, and Minus. But here I am, in my late 30s, and still loving the hell out of this sound. Grindcore is one of my favorite sub-genres of metal, and this album is quickly rising in the ranks of one of the best to do it in the past ten or so years. Ernia is hella powerful here in 2019 and creating the right kinda shrieking fun that we all need right now."
- Wesley Nowlin, Already Dead Tapes, 2019
Omar Sánchez - Vocals
Adrián Ruiz - Bass
Daniel Espinosa - Right Guitar
Daniel Valcázar - Left Guitar
Gabriel Valcázar - Drums
Spoken word on Track 1 by Artyom Aleksandrovich.
Noise samples manipulated by Omar S. and Daniel V.
Tracks 2-4, 6, 9-11 and 13 written by Ernia and Artyom A.
Tracks 1, 5, 7, 8 and 12 written by Ernia.
Lyrics on tracks 2-5, 7 and 10-12 written by Omar S.
Lyrics on tracks 9 and 13 written by Daniel E.
Lyrics on track 6 extracted from the Suehiro Maruo manga "Lunatic Lovers".
Produced, recorded, and engineered by Daniel Valcázar in Logroño, Spain (September - December 2015).
Guitars and bass re-amped by Markus Skroch at Kalthallen Studios in Nachrodt, Germany (October 2017).
Mixed by Kevin Bernsten at Developing Nations Studios in Baltimore, Maryland, USA (August 2018).
Mastered by Dan Swanö at Unisound Studios in Örebro, Sweden (September 2018).
Logo by Arif (Rotworks).
Cover art and bandcamp background by Branca Studio.
Dear Steve and John, your music is my companion for some weeks now, when I walk through the streets, when I read some books, when I’m thinking about the poor pandemic life we have. Now I need it physically, on vinyl, just to listen to it. It’s not post-rock to me, it’s avant-dream. Thank you very much. jean-michel brunet