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"OC Register (August 4, 2006)"

Fans of modern hard rock will appreciate the heavy grooves exhibited by Ellerman on the quartet's latest CD, "Welcome the Coward."

"False Disguise" and "Nosferatu" showcase vocalist Ryan Rainbolt, who frequently alternates between melodic singing and full-on screaming. The quartet's aggressive approach shares much in common with fellow Southern California-based metal/hardcore hybrid outfits such as Thrice and Death by Stereo. Ellerman will open for Death by Stereo and Love Equals Death at 8 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Galaxy Concert Theatre, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana.

- By ROBERT KINSLER - ROBERT KINSLER


"Discussions Magazine"

Ellerman are far from predictable. Their aggressive, guitar-heavy assault is as passionate as it is powerful yet they incorporate layered arrangements and subtle passages that are often quite beautiful. The band members’ diverse musical influences work together to manifest a unique hybrid that forms the basis of Ellerman’s ‘signature’ sound. But don’t expect your average run-of-the-mill Alternative Metal band. With Ellerman, ‘expectations’ and ‘predictability’ are not part of their plan.

The band’s sound is laced with densely layered guitars, driving rhythm, and merciless yet soulful and melodic vocals. Never content to indulge in the darker, hopeless side of life, the musical landscape that Ellerman inhabits is one that is filled with shadows and light. For every battle that is lost, there is an opportunity that is gained and Ellerman always end up victorious.

Ellerman are, in essence, a brilliant and innovative band; a culmination of intuitive lyricism and an aggressive sense of purpose that commands the listener’s attention. To experience Ellerman is not just to hear them but also to feel them.

-Steve “SPAZ” Schnee - Steve “SPAZ” Schnee


"eufOnia"

Banda americana que expresa su origen en la música, tendiente en lo general al nu metal, con matices de thrash sobre todo al rasgar el sonido el alarido de Rainbolt, que lo hace bien y curiosamente digerible.

El primer track, violento como es y contrastante con su título, The Innocent entrega una visión un tanto parcial de la banda: un metal desgarrador y oscuro que desaparece inmediatamente para dar paso a tracks como There’s A Liar… se antojan más interesantes con los cambios a lo largo del track, provocados mucho por los cambios de voz de Rainbolt, así como el manejo de las guitarras y bajos, llevándolo del hard casi al thrash sin ningún miramiento.

Cavity lleva lo que There’s A Liar… a un punto más alto, un arranque tranquilo, pero con unos cambios que energizan y le van dando un dejo de familiaridad ya a la música hecha por la banda. La voz va a tener mucho que ver… que puede tomar tanto matices a la Steve Wilson, melódicos y suaves que estar literalmente desgarrando el aire con una potencia envidiable. Excelente.

Osgiliath, un puente de menos de un minuto a base de guitarra acústica muestra lo que muchas bandas de metal también pueden hacer… algo tranquilo y disfrutable que da pie de una manera impecable a False Disguise, un track más hard que de metal, a pesar de los alaridos impresionantes que golpean desde las cuerdas vocales de Rainbolt.

Cattle sigue en la misma línea… más hard, más melódico, menos potente sin por eso dejar de ser un buen track.

Cierra el disco con Nosferatu, rozando de nuevo los límites del thrash o death, como lo haría en ocasiones Opeth, aunque guardando distancias y con estilos y ejecuciones diferentes, este tercer disco de la banda es un buen disco para conocerlos. Quedé entusiasmado. Esperaremos lo que siga de ellos con mucho interés.

- by Ciro Velázquez in United States/Estados Unidos/USA, Metal. - Ciro Velázquez


Discography

Invent the Sun
1. Medusa
2. ReRun (part one)
3. ReRun (part two)
4. Penicillin
5. The Portal
6. Medusa (original version)

Welcome the Coward
1. The Innocent
2. There's A Liar In The Crowd
3. Cavity
4. Osgiliath
5. False Disguise
6. Cattle
7. Nosferatu

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Ellerman are far from predictable. Their aggressive, guitar-heavy assault is as passionate as it is powerful yet they incorporate layered arrangements and subtle passages that are often quite beautiful. The band members’ diverse musical influences work together to manifest a unique hybrid that forms the basis of Ellerman’s ‘signature’ sound. But don’t expect your average run-of-the-mill Alternative Metal band. With Ellerman, ‘expectations’ and ‘predictability’ are not part of their plan.

The band’s sound is laced with densely layered guitars, driving rhythm, and merciless yet soulful and melodic vocals. Never content to indulge in the darker, hopeless side of life, the musical landscape that Ellerman inhabits is one that is filled with shadows and light. For every battle that is lost, there is an opportunity that is gained and Ellerman always end up victorious.

Ellerman are, in essence, a brilliant and innovative band; a culmination of intuitive lyricism and an aggressive sense of purpose that commands the listener’s attention. To experience Ellerman is not just to hear them but also to feel them.
-Steve “SPAZ” Schnee

BAND SYNOPSIS:
It’s hard to find a moment as exciting as when it becomes undeniably clear that a band is coming close to breakthrough.

Best characterized as a distinctively powerful sound, Ellermans 2002 debut, Invent the Sun, has already sold thousands of copies through word of mouth and the strength of the bands online networking. Diverse influences worked together to manifest a unique hybrid, evidenced by tracks like "Medusa" and "The Portal", which feature lushly layered arrangements and a soulful vocal style. Produced by Ellerman and mixed by Alex Vishno at Sound Image in Van Nuys, CA, Invent the Sun is a textured sound collage that builds on Ellerman’s trademark sound. From beginning to end, Invent the Sun marks Ellerman’s birth as a brilliant and innovative band; a culmination of intuitive lyricism and an aggressive sense of purpose that has highlighted hard work and begs you to listen.

Ellermans second release, Welcome the Coward, is an opus 2 years in the making. What began as a 3 song EP soon became a 7 track full-length filled with tales of deceit, betrayal, love, hate, corporate greed, backstabbers and liars. Building upon their signature sound laced with densely layered guitars, driving rhythm, and merciless yet melodic vocals, Welcome The Coward is Ellermans finest work to date yielding the anthemic singles Liar In The Crowd, The Innocent, and Nosferatu., Originally laid to tape with the help of Porno for Pyros Peter DiStefano in 2003 at Los Angeles renowned West Lake Audio Studios, Welcome the Coward was later re-recorded in the high desert of Ojai, CA, with the help of sound engineers Jeff Evans and Ken Eros at Zircon Skye Production.

Since their inception in 2002, Ellerman has played countless dates throughout Southern California in landmark clubs such as the House of Blues, Whisky A Go-Go, The Roxy Theatre, The El Rey, The Viper Room, The Knitting Factory, The Galaxy Theatre, The Coach House, Chain Reaction, The Joint, and the now defunct Liquid Den. Along the way they have won over fans in their opening slots for Fu Manchu, Death By Stereo, Onesidezero, Stavesacre, Nonpoint, Skindred and many others. Ellermans future sound can only be described as an enlightenment of astonishing musical growth.