EPK – As We Suffer – The Fallen Pillars (2021)
Publicist – Jon Asher – asher(@)ashermediarelations(.)com
For fans of Machine Head, Propagandhi, Death by Stereo, Rise Against
Album Title: The Fallen Pillars
Release Date: April 30, 2021
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“Ottawa’s As We Suffer are entering new territory with their new song, “The Fallen Pillars”. The title track off the band’s upcoming debut album (due out in April), it’s a blender of different metal and hardcore subgenres. Everything from groove metal to metalcore influences are prominent in the new track, with powerful vocals that help the band’s accessibility.” – New Fury Media
L-R – Ryan Caldwell (Bass), Jason Yocom (Guitar), Matt Caldwell (Vocals), Derik Roblin (Guitar), Chris Nunn (Drums)
Photo Credit – Laura Collins-Music Photography
Ottawa, Canada’s As We Suffer started out as a cover band, but quickly delved into writing original material. In the early days they focused on a more metal-infused skate punk vibe with major influence stemming from Pennywise, Strung Out, and NOFX but it very quickly took on a more metal feel. Since 2020, the sound has further morphed into a more metalcore vibe along the lines of early Killswitch Engage and Bullet for my Valentine, while still maintaining a distinct hardcore style.
Four of the original band members have known each other for a long time, with two of the members, vocalist Matt Caldwell and bassist Ryan Caldwell being cousins; together with their long-time friends drummer Chris Nunn and Jason Yocom. The band officially established in 2018 picking a name that represents unity in the existential suffering we all experience. Eventually, they were joined by guitarist Derik Roblin.
The long time comradery between the members enables them to write music organically, trading off who is the primary songwriter for each track. All lyrics are written by M. Caldwell, who aims to tell a story and deliver a message without being too literal or specific, allowing the audience to interpret on their own. Themes are largely infused with existentialism, civil and political unrest.
This organic flow continues to benefit the band when they play, the passionate stage presence is heightened by M. Caldwell’s intensity, R. Caldwell’s slick bass licks, Roblin’s powerful energy, and Nunn’s technical prowess. They bring a unique back-to-basics flavor to each performance, especially through the dynamic nature of each of the band members.
As We Suffer released a demo in 2018 and will follow it up with “The Fallen Pillars” in April 2021.
Album Band Line Up:
Ryan Caldwell (Bass), Jason Yocom (Guitar), Matt Caldwell (Vocals), Derik Roblin (Guitar), Chris Nunn (Drums)
2021 – The Fallen Pillars (LP)
2018 – Demo
Shared Stage With:
Living with Lions, Venom Prison, Fates got a Driver, Call it Home
1. Caustic Paradigm (2:58)
2. Malicious Compliance (3:24)
3. An Open Letter (to the Bleeding Hearts) (2:41)
4. Fucking Relentless (2:28)
5. Invade The Host (3:21)
6. The Great Leveler (3:51)
7. High Tide (3:32)
8. Scatter The Herd (2:25)
9. Shadows Caste In White (4:44)
10. Concrete Fist (2:59)
11. The Fallen Pillars (5:17)
Album Length: 37:46
• All songs performed by: As We Suffer
• All songs written by: As We Suffer
• Produced by: Dark Moon Productions
• Mixed by: Dark Moon Productions
• Mastered by: Dark Moon Productions
• Album Artwork by:
• Canadian Content (MAPL)
Album Band Line Up:
Ryan Caldwell (Bass)
Jason Yocom (Guitar)
Matt Caldwell (Vocals)
Derik Roblin (Guitar)
Chris Nunn (Drums)