elder Elder (CD, £12.75)label: stickman
Elderís self-titled debut album from 2007 was an impressive offering of psychedelia- tinged stoner rock and doom that set the tone for the bandís later progressive developments. In 2006, three longtime friends and members of the small music scene anchored in the port city of New Bedford, Massachusetts got together with the mission of making music that was heavier and more brutal than anything happening around. The first version of Elder was an interesting beast, combining sludgy riffs, primitive black metal vocals and Genghis Khan-themed lyrics. After toiling in these murky waters for a year, band members Nick DiSalvo (guitar), Jack Donovan (bass) and Matt Couto (drums) shed their extreme metal origins and emerged with their first proper album, Elder, an album that would already establish the band as some of the best riff-dealers this side of Birmingham. As more recent works have demonstrated, Elder is no stranger to blending and bending genres to their will; Elder proves that the three teenagers were already dab bling with this idea in their incipient years. Imagine the massive riffs from bands like Sleep, Electric Wizard or Fu Manchu reconstructed to build epic psychedelic soundscapes and youíre on the right track. Growling, delay-soaked vocals and spacey keyboards add further touches of uniqueness to Elderís brand of stoner doom. The album has been remastered by Carl Saff for your listening pleasure.
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