“…five piece brick wall of grotesque aural assault lathed in a blanket of sludge and pummeling d-beat temper. Together, they truly visit the boundaries of disgusting tones in hardcore, and as expected, let their creativity shine through out the upcoming debut album….” – Metal Injection
The world might have heard of Erosion a little sooner if the members weren’t busy sharing duties in a handful of other projects. Guitarist Nick Yacyshyn, drummer Danny Marshall, and bassist Andrew Drury are more widely known for their work in Vancouver’s beloved hardcore veterans Baptists. Rick O’Dell was snagged from his bass duties with sludgy classic rockers Tobeatic and punk rippers Hard Feelings to join Erosion on second guitar while vocalist Jamie Hooper was recruited for the vitriol he unleashed with the triumphant metal export 3 Inches of Blood and the grimy punk band Congress. Given their pedigree, it’s no small wonder that their debut full-length, Maximum Suffering (out October 19 on Hydra Head) exudes the kind of ugliness that only comes from artists steeped in the art of musical ferocity.
Maximum Suffering is Erosion’s first full-length album and first release since 2013’s Kill Us Allcassette EP. Self-described as a “cathartic audio expulsion of our collective contempt for humanity,” Maximum Suffering combines the reductionist brutalism of early grind outfits, the blazing tempos of classic d-beat hardcore, and the warped stomp-and-crush riffage of modern death metal’s most nefarious troglodytes. The abum, out October 19th via Hydra Head, is streaming in its entirety today on Brooklyn Vegan and Invisible Oranges.
Starting with the opening title track’s turbine tremolo-picked guitar lines and crusty call-to-arms riffs, Erosion unleashes a ceaseless torment of negative hardcore across thirteen tracks. On songs like “Human Error”, the band takes the punishing lurch-and-mangle of classic powerviolence acts and ramps it up with adroit musicianship and meaty, blown-out tones. On “The Crone”, the band drops the kind of profoundly primitive half-time banger that’s sure to make every other riff-monger smack their head in “why didn’t I think of that” amazement. But Erosion can also weave a thornier cluster of ire and bile, as evidenced on the nimble two-minute attack “Black Waves”. Maximum Suffering closes with the band’s tour de force “Consumed”, an utterly devastating overview of Erosion’s misanthropic musical tactics.
Erosion, Maximum Suffering Track Listing:
1. Maximum Suffering
2. Everything is F***ed
3. Need for Death
4. Human Error
5. Serpent Lust
6. The Crone
7. Deep In Hell
8. We Have Failed Us
9. Scorched Earth
10. Black Waves
11. Storm of Steel
* top photo by: Ryan Walter Wagner