1. HELLMAGAZINE (Slovakia)
Alternative metal music makes me often feel like it´s overcombined and that is why I used to avoid this music genre. I hesitated if I sould pass a review of this debut album to someone else yet I decided even with a little prejudices to make a review of an album of this genre. I didn´t regret. Czech duo put together this band just one year ago so they are kind of yound band (or project) but musicians aren´t rookies. I won´t write there their biography and let´s go to the core. The debut of band contains 9 tracks which are on high instrumental level. Sound is raw, modern and fans of hard metal riffs will be satisfied. 50 minutes of modern and inovation will come to taste of fans who likes non-classical and weird music and progresivity. From my point of view I´m glad that I extended my music horizons and if you have any prejudices for alternative metal bands in this case it is worth to went out from your classical choose of listening to music.
2. ORBIS METALLUM (Czech)
In the start I have to admit that writing rewievs is not my favourite thing to do thankful to 2 facts. First is that I don´t like to rate someones work and effort in something I do not know and it don´t brings me a joy. Second reason is connected with writing itself. I´d love to write that album is like that or this and don´t make a sauce about that. So that are reasons why I used to avoid this discipline. But for everyone sometimes comes a moment when we have to face it and so I´m writing a rewiev for a band called Ereley from Cheb.
Who are Ereley? It´s a family duo of father and son. Father call himself York (guitar) used to play in Ebola Joy (1997 – 2007, 4 albums) but this band went to a zero point and have ended in hibernation. Comeback in 2013 has not been realized and so York founds a new band with son Lukas (voices, guitars, programming), it´s called Ereley. In the fall of same year singer Monika Agrebi asked the band if she could sing with them and the result of cooperation was a cover of the christmas classic Silent night. I was able to listen it for a minute and then I shut it off… clip is below. Things turned to be like Ereley should make a accompanying work for Monika and they decided to end a cooperation. In 2014 they build up a playlist containing 14 tracks from which 9 track has been chosen for a debut album called Katharsis. Instruments and samples recorded the band itself in their studio. Voices, mix and mastering has been made in Studio Hostivař by its owner Zdeněk Šikýř. Artwork is not unique just its pea green blinks in to the eyes in the grey of my CD ledge. The band marks their music as heavy joy music. I think that their music could be marked as alternative metal so it is ungraspable mixture of anything and everything.
When I have found this band on BZ they had a 5 fans, very few words about when and how the album was made and where you can buy one. Two weeks later (now when I´m writing this) they have 6 fans. They added some more words about the album especially the words of thanks linked to the people which bought a CD and that album is going well in a venality. I don´t know how much is the album going well but I´m the only listener on last.fm. So I probably make a profile of the band when I played this album in a player (and didn´t edit tags). On the bandzone page is going a little bit better. Every track has about 40 plays. Facebook page has got about 100 likes.
I have played this album on the BZ and I have to tell that I was pleased. When I have got the physical CD my car become a second place for listening. For the first time album was going well, tracks brought me a joy I would say at the same level. With every other play of a CD I started to hear a shallowness of programed drums which was too non human and its mathematical accuracy which contains very few tempo changes started to be boring to me. In some parts it even get disturbing. But I don´t want to write just negatives. Interesting moments bring track Dancing Hoods where you can hear acoustic guitar which brings a little folk effect. Next moment is on the begining of the track Decay of Brain where you can hear delayed panpipe which reminds me some sad mountain folk song. Things that never happened reminds me a song Jester´s Door by In Flames at start, just for a moment. Opening On the way brings a different tunes with growl which is included to the album in a very small and fitting passages. That´s enough. I don´t want to describe tracks one by one. Even more by a fact that none of them is remarkable for me.
Review? I say for my person that the album didn´t make me feel butterflies. Two or three complet listening it entertained me but with every other listening it lead up to the point where I didn´t realize where is the end of one track and where other starts. The main issue is probably drums. I think that guitars should have had a more space like in some place they could be louder and sometimes a solo could be used instead of riff, riff, riff. I missed a story in a guitars. At the bandzone page Ereley promised a dreaming trip but I just waited and waited. In some tracks it could be nice to get them shorter. I think Soul in chains is a good expamle. Ten-times playing refren i stoo much for me. So if you will listen to album once or twice I asure you that you´ll like it. But for further listenings it´s not my case. I don´t say that I´ll never ever listen to this album. The album will find its listeners surely. And if guys head up to show somewhere near to me I´ll definitely go to check out if they could interest me a live.
Radek Kezir Řezníček
3. ROCKMAG.CZ (Czech)
No live shows neither building own name in years. Ereley started their career by releasing a debut full-lenght album even when they are not completely.
Alternative metal band consists by two members right now. Guitar player, singer and sample and arrangement builder in one person – Lukas aka La Resistans and his father guitarist York whose used to play in highly rated band Ebola Joy. Unfortunatelly this band didn´t make it to this days and sleeps for 8 years now.
In this intermezzo York´s fingers started to burn and this led to the formation of Ereley which by now aims complet power to finding keyboardist eventually other musicians. Ereley doesn´t keep in secret their passion to play live shows behind borders of Czech Republic. Will „Katharsis“ stand behind records of succesfull foreign albums or next to?
This album will not satisfied fans of straight thoughtless beating drums and guitars. Whole album is build on protracted melodies and domed vocals which sometimes reminds me Pink Floyd. Ereley is far closer to the atmospheric ambient than to the classic metal sound.
Of course guys sometimes get the harder tune and clean melodic voice changes to the growl or screamo and guitars starts to stab into your ears like a nails. Drums are usually so good programmed that you will not notice that it´s played by a drum machine. This dark and hard face Ereley performes mainly in choruses and so it begins to be little bit predictable.
The most entertaining moment comes when Ereley mix all their faces into one just like they did in track Dancing Hoods. It would be nice to say that Ereley has high demands on their listeners when they record an album with 50+ minutes.
Katharsis definitely has its own atmosphere and sound into which you can easy fall down and despite its lenght you can survive the listening without any heavier consequences. Problem is that a lot of bands plays alternative metal with unique face and it won´t be easy for Ereley to break through these.
4. SPARK Rock Magazine (Czech)
Let´s leave aside how much ERELEY is or isn´t idea or music posthumous of EBOLA JOY. The guitarist of EJ York with his son called himself La Resistans put together instruments, equipment and after a few months of studios playing they walked into the Hostavir´s studio to record an album. This fact appears to me as a brilliant idea. At first I appreciate that music on album has its own face. Changes of clean and extreme vocals fits perfectly with occasionaly hard otherwise athmospherical sound of tracks. The atmosphere of record is damn impressive in every way.
Second thing I have to mention is a hard but very sophisticated sound. You surely know what I mean. I´m trying to describe kind of „Bathory“ effect which has an album on me yet noone else have to feel it in a same way. I´m describing emotions, impacts of music not style. As a best albums I percieve these ones that I can take as an complete. Not just song by song. I had this feeling while listening to this album. Very nice surprise for my ears!
Maybe this all caticles may let you think why not a full points?
Honestly for a perfect rewiev the clean voice had to be a little bit more interesting.
5,5 / 6
5. FOBIA Zine (Czech)
Maybe those who was born earlier will remember band EBOLA JOY (1997-2007) which created interesting electro-gothic-metal music for almost 10 years, made 4 albums and played on a lot of metal actions. Leader of EJ was York who played there together with singer –aL- (now plays in DIFFERENT VALUES and for certain time there was a second keyboard player Tudy (now plays in INSANIA). In 2007 EBOLA JOY stopped its activities. York has moved from Moravia to west Czech and in 2013 the itching of thumbs has come. Ressurection of EBOLA JOY was denied by –aL- and so York together with his son has formed a new band ERELEY. After a little intermezzo with a woman singer (Monika Agrebi, videoclip „Silent night“) the band settled at duo York/LaResistans and 1.1.2015 this family company has released a full-lenght album partly recorded in their own studio and partly in Hostivař STUDIO by Zdeněk Šikýř.
So I looked up (well let´s say the truth I just looked to my shelf with CDs ordered by A-Z) for 12 years old record to remeber EBOLA JOY and their best record according to my judgement. If I compare „Sitra Achra“ vs „Katharsis“ I have to say that SA is somewhere else. Predominant is slower tempo, clear melodic voice, keyboards has the upper hand above guitars. You can see ravages of time on the sound of programmed drums as well as on overal sound. „Katharsis“ is farther from production point of wiev. If it wouldn´t there would be something wrong. But it´s not. Sound of record is full, dynamic, musical shift is obvious. In a nutshell – ERELEY is different band and I don´t see much points of contact with EJ. Maybe slower parts of tracks reminds me the old ones from EJ or other groups.
I don´t claim that ERELEY copy someone because I simply don´t hear it. In a preservation of progressive/alternative metal/rock I don´t feel like home. There is a lot of albums which go through my player of course but it doesn´t touch me enough for remembering and dissecting songs. So I´m not able to liken ERELEY to someone else. But guys feel no shame to say they admire bands like PINK FLOYD, OPETH, ANATHEMA, DEPECHE MODE or RAMMSTEIN. Of course I know production of these bands. I can say that I´m a core fan of ANATHEMA (predominantly older albums), OPETH is not much familiar to me, same as DEPECHE MODE (mabye twice more) and I haven´t heard RAMMSTEIN album for a couple of years. ERELEY is on different way then RAMMSTEIN but they plan to play 2 covers of this band live (Klavier has been made like cover on tribute album BATTERY by EBOLA JOY).
However back to the „Katharsis“. It begins by track „On the way“ firstly on the wave of ANATHEMA but after a moment there is lithe rhytmic section basically four tracks in one, two are repeating while not even one could be marked as refren. Beside agressive rhytmic passage with expressive clean vocals there is dark glum passage with dirtier vocals and there is another part which is slower, gentle voices… About distinctive introduction ala ANATHEMA we talked already. Though it seems little bit like a disunity the song works well. Similar variability go along the other compositions. This is applied in darkish „The Glue“ (which gets close to doom metal in one passage) as well as in third song in playlist wherein I feel big influence by Anathema and let´s say it to the plane, I´m a little bit heartsick that present ANATHEMA doesn´t make songs like ERELEY who adds agressive parts to the atmospheric passages. „Things that never happened“ is my favourite song of album.
I didn´t mention one important thing: ERELEY is mainly about guitars. There is no synths vacuum but it´s used sober. Just sometimes synth section rides a horse. I didn´t notice it on first listening but it is truth that this album is quite heavy, guitars are glib and drums are dynamic (I don´t even notice that they are programmed). There is a lot of tense moments which are driven by heartfelt voice and even if I have to admit that in some places I though LaResistans is not so convincing I have to say I started to like his voice. And I started to like whole album because it can surprise you in its second half for example in non-homely sounding synths in „Highlanders“ or with graded voltage in almost horror „Decay of brain“.
Iff I add to the text above the fact that packaging of „Katharsis“ is very nice, I have to say that ERELEY made remarkable album which could (should) interest fans of non-homely/progressive music. Maybe there is not so many fans there in Czech Republic but there could be others abroad. What do you say ViciSolum Productions?
7 / 10
6. ROCK & POP (Czech)
Family duo Ereley freely continues in a way of former band Ebola Joy. They build their debut on a metal basis however moved into a little bit less accesible corners.
Composed music for a concentrated listening mainly in a slower rhytmes (with occasionally sharper digressions) can remind some phases of the band Anathema.
Nine songs brings most various pictures into "eyes" of the receptive listener, once a trip into the snowy desolate landscape then drizzly autumn forrests, wooden pavement in marshland and moss but also mysterious places of fantasy.
Shortly said - on the right level set listener will definitely find some gold for ears (for example The Glue, Highlanders or Dancing Hoods).
Rock Pop, Duben 2015, site 59
7. METAL FOREVER (CZECH)
The band Ereley formed just a year ago and yet they release they debut album "Katharsis". Interesting thing is that whole album put together just two people and they are in a relationship father - son. Though we can soon expect shows of this formation.
Ereley takes from whole beginning of the album. Opening "On The Way" is very good one which sets me into a great atmosphere. Initially more slightly rock music accompanied with elegant and melancholic keyboards begins slowly bites with metal teeth and you feel that you are listening to something not exactly ordinary. I have to commend a great vocals which is not up to the everything else because it more like another instrument. Ereley knows how to pass on emotions but also how to build a great contrast in the parts where music deathly thunders and clear vocals changes into a growling.
In "The Glue" is a lot more metal stuff and Ereley sound really dangerous. Yet I allow myself to say that in a calm parts and clear vocals is Ereley better. Vocals singed by La Resistans sounds very enjoyable and they are not even oversugared or contrived. Growling is fine but more average. Ereley bit reminds me also Czech band - Mindwork. Similar type of music even the work with clear and extreme vocals. Ereley are maybe even more temperamentural and emotional.
You can feel from every single grab at strings how the band took care about everything. Not even with composing but sound too. Sound is beautiful clear and let every instrument excel. Ereley got a hit potencional how proves "Soul in chains" where dominate pressing chorus and I don´t have to believe every emotion which the band pass on. Every song has it´s own unique moment or melody. Ereley reminds me a in minute Anathemu and in next once mentioned Mindwork. Genre as such I could mark as alternative metal but there is a lot of more progressive moments in a second half of the album. Most proved in "Decay of brain".
Even though single songs are very good the ending of album begins to me a little bit boring. Respectively said attention falls down and scenario of a signle song is slightly repetitive. This is one thing I would reproach. At the beginning Ereley suriprises but with coming end you will know their style and approach to work. Simply there´s missing something at the end what would give you a feel of total satisfaction. Overall it is one of the most interesting album of my last years. Escpecially first half of the album is just brilliant. Thoughtful yet relaxation music with qualities and emotions - this is Ereley.
8 / 10
8. ROCK HARD (Slovakia)
I have to admit that ERELEY and their "Katharsis" has suprised me in a very nice way.
The truth is that these surprises were more. First of all is a fact that one from a couple of musicians and this is York is actually one from basic stone of electro gothic rock EBOLA JOY (their "Sira Acha" has its own place in my collection) and this fact gave me a bulletproof warranty of quality of this group.
Second surprise was a fact that ERELEY is just a duo. Better to say father with son, simillar thing I´ve noticed in style related band CHIMERA where father works with two sons.
Third thing, after a year of existence we have here a real debut and not an ordinary one. Its qualities are unexceptionables but I´m afraid that in our country won´t find huge mass of fans. Similar to EBOLA JOY they will be amired by a very close circle of listeners even though their music is opened to the wide array of listeners.
And what about ERELEY actually is?
From the beginning "On the Way" there is a comfortable atmosphere of melancholic keyboards and stroong emotions. Contrast is a clear vocal which can accidently turn to a storm. When first song finishes you realize that you listen to something rare. As the time goes by there is more rock and harder moments and reversals. This is not a mistake because slow tempo could start to be boring and so there is always something to look forward to.
From this music you can feel the heart, sophistication in every grab to the strings, heartfelt voice (very good one), zeal, enthusiasm, genuineness and purity. I kind of enjoyed ANATHEMA with their album "Judgement".
ERELEY is simply revelation and discovery of domestic scene. I´m not afraid to claim that "Katharsis" has a power to enforce abroad.