ANION – Fractions of Failure (EP) (2016) (No List Records)
For fans of Playing Enemy, Botch, Kittens, The Jesus Lizard
Release Date: May 20, 2016
Label: No List Records
PR Rep – Jon Asher – ashermedia(@)gmail.com
“all four tracks contain heavy doses of noise rock and sludge to form the band’s signature sound.” – Exclaim!
““Fractions of Failure” is an addictive blast that demands you to press play again before the dust can settle.” – SludgeLord
“holy fuck does this band shred…iff driven and intense, indeed the music stands apart with an underlying foundation of ugly and intense hardcore, with healthy doses of abrasive noise rock and heavy sludge mixed in to create a unique sound. Make no mistake if you’re a fan of Converge or Cult Leader, then you’re gonna love this band.” – SludgeLord
“Without Solace strikes a balance between overt slaughter and a pernicious, grating quality that whittles the listener down, leaving you raw in unexpected places. It’s easy to focus on the smouldering ruin of “Parathion Cocktail” or the off-kilter bellow of “Closetalker,” but it’s the creeping moments of gloom, as on “Rotting Bloom,” which sneak the knife in between the ribs. At once bloodier and more cunning than their last release, Without Solace is a strong piece of butchery.” – Exclaim! (Without Solace (2013) Album Review)
“A sonically abrasive Anion not only lives up to their namesake but also to the 2013 release,Without Solace.” – Beatoute BC
“Their noisy, angry, sludgy, pound-yer-face-in brand of aggression is best heard on the hissy 1980 sound of a cassette tape or on the warm and sweaty sound of vinyl.” – Terrorizer
“Another local band to keep an eye on, Vancouver’s Anion have dropped a punishing slab of hardcore in the way of their Carrion King seven-inch. Four songs striking a balance between stabby hardcore and slow-drain sludge, Carrion King is the perfect primer to the band and their vitriolic brand of sludgecore. A promising beginning for a band poised to do great things.” –Hellbound.ca
“And this is some riffy hardcore, almost a crossover of stoner metal and sludgy doom shit.” The Skinny Magazine
(Photo Credit: Ryan Walter Wagner)
L-R: Steve Sepanzyk – Guitar, Tristan Helgason – Drums, Cole Benoit – Bass, Sean Bouchard – Vocals
Anion was formed in early 2010 in a diesel soaked rehearsal space with one purpose – to create the music that its members wanted to hear. No scene points, no genre devotion – just a desire to create devastatingly heavy and ultimately ugly music. Riff driven and intense, the music stands apart with an underlying foundation of ugly and intense hardcore, healthy doses of abrasive noise rock and heavy sludge mixed in to create a unique sound that Anion are known for.
A new EP/7” record entitled “Fractions of Failure” is scheduled for release on May 20, 2016 via No List Records and features artwork by Demian Johnston (Great Falls/Playing Enemy). This EP, recorded by Jesse Gander at Rain City Studios, sees the recorded debut of new vocalist Sean Bouchard and new drummer Tristan Helgason (ex-Ghost of Modern Man, Molten Lava), elevating the band to a new level.
Anion’s last full length LP, entitled “Without Solace”, was released in September 2013 via No List Records on gatefold vinyl and digital formats. This album, recorded with legendary producer Matt Bayles (Botch, Mastodon, Isis) at Red Room studios in Seattle, WA, “Without Solace”.
Having played with bands such as Indian (Relapse), Helm’s Alee (HydraHead), Thrones (Southern Lord), Black Elk (Crucial Blast), KENmode (Profound Lore), and Ghostlimb (Vitriol), among many other well-known acts, Anion’s live shows are intense and abrasive. Not soon forgotten, they have gained notoriety for these live performances in various publications and websites such as Exclaim! and Beatroute.
With the digital Manolete EP, the Carrion King 7″ and the handcrafted Corpseflower cassette among their releases, Anion has had extremely favorable reviews in publications/sites such as Terrorizer, Maximum Rock and Roll, Exclaim!, Hellbound and more.
Shared stage with:
Helm’s Alee, Indian, KEN mode, Black Elk, Thrones, Great Sabatini and Ghostlimb, among others.
Tours and Festivals:
Multiple Canadian Tours, Diecemberfest, Burgerfest.
Playing Sled Island in June 2016.