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Album of the Day: Elder – Lore

Posted on Friday, February 20th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: There are really two approaches one might take in considering Lore, the third full-length from Massachusetts trio Elder, released in the US by Armageddon Shop and in Europe on Stickman Records. The short way is to say they’ve turned from the deep-toned heavy psych style of their 2011 sophomore outing, Dead Roots Stirring, and used that as a basis for a more clear-headed, progressive approach to riffing.

The long way is to sit and map out every turn Lore‘s five included tracks make over the course of their combined 59 minutes, every change, every moment where sprawl meets crunch, every soundscape, melodic impression, rhythmic pivot, etc. Frankly, neither approach does the album justice.

The former cheats the songs — ‘Compendium’ (10:39), ‘Legend’ (12:31), ‘Lore’ (15:57), ‘Deadweight’ (9:27) and ‘Spirit at Aphelion’ (10:32) — of their due consideration on an individual level, and the latter wrongly discounts the impression of Lore as a whole, which is how, despite its 2LP length, it is best experienced.

Elder - Lore

One hopes, then, to find some middle ground, as the three-piece of guitarist / vocalist Nick DiSalvo (also keys), bassist Jack Donovan and drummer Matt Couto have done on the Justin Pizzoferrato-produced outing, which follows 2012’s two-song Spires Burn / Release EP and seems to be pushing further along those stylistic lines. That’s no surprise.

Each Elder release has built on the last — Dead Roots Stirring was a leap from the band’s stoner-riffed 2008 self-titled debut, released on MeteorCity, and Lore is likewise a leap from that second album — and it seems that if they don’t have something to say, Elder aren’t interested in putting out a record every year just for the sake of doing so. Their musical progression is that much easier to trace for the stretches between outings, and Lore, as was Spires Burn / Release, as was Dead Roots Stirring, as was Elder, is their defining work to date. A landmark.

Those who worshiped at the altar of Dead Roots Stirring might be surprised on first listen at just how clean Lore sounds, the beginning guitar taps of ‘Compendium’ a clarion both of the proggier feel that pervades and of the clarity of the production that follows suit. It’s not, however, as simple as the band jumping ship from one style to another — much of DiSalvo‘s style of riffing remains the same, and Donovan‘s basslines still circle around the guitar only to land back at the root just at the right moment, and Couto‘s swing and crash is as prevalent as ever — it’s just what they do with these signature elements that results in the impression of growth.

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Album of the Day: Hate & Merda – L’Anno Dell’Odio

Posted on Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Hate & Merda are a mysterious Italian duo specialising in an interesting blend of sludge, psychadelia and atmospherics. Their debut album’s title is roughly translated as The Year Of Hate, and its barren depths and bleak, nihilistic soundscapes are the perfect soundtrack to every […]

Album of the Day: Abbot – Between Our Past and Future Lives

Posted on Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: There is an almost singular groove running through Between Our Past and Future Lives, the BloodRock Records debut full-length from Finnish four-piece Abbot. Not in the sense of songs sounding the same — though tones are at least consistent — but just that the material […]

Album of the Day: Izah – Sistere

Posted on Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Meat Mead Metal: It’s time to take on some serious heaviness today. We mean that both from a philosophical and outright dosage standpoint. It’s a bulk, industrial-sized mammoth we’re talking about, and if you can handle this record this week, you can handle anything. Dutch maulers Izah […]

Album of the Day: Gnaw Their Tongues – Collected Atrocities 2005-2008

Posted on Monday, February 16th, 2015

Praise for Gnaw Their Tongues‘ Collected Atrocities 2005-2008 from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: For years now we’ve been singing the dark praises of this twisted one man band, whose sound is an ever-shifting sprawl of cinematic blackened noise-doom weirdness. Delivering noxious blurts of industrial crush, wrapped around stately marches and […]

Album of the Day: Fistula – Vermin Prolificus

Posted on Friday, February 13th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Metal Bandcamp: Few bands can make you feel like you’re wallowing in a vat of pig shit and be loving every minute of it the way Fistula can. Vermin Prolificus is their latest foray into a world of absolute filth and drug use. Vermin is as sludgy as […]

Album of the Day: Torche – Restarter

Posted on Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: While the title immediately evokes connotations for the band itself, the fact remains that Torche‘s Restarter could just as easily refer to an interpersonal relationship or someone who decides to go back and beat Super Mario 3 again. The lyrics for the song itself, which closes out Torche‘s 10-track / 39-minute Relapse […]

Album of the Day: Ruby The Hatchet – Valley of the Snake

Posted on Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Meat Mead Metal: It’s not necessary for me to always indulge in music that makes me want to fight people or pay homage to the old gods or put me into a psychotic fit of rage. Though that type of music certainly is nice. Now and again, […]

Album of the Day: Anthroprophh – U.F.O.

Posted on Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from Dayz of Purple and Orange: Anthroprophh, for the one or two who don’t know, are [former] Heads guitarist Paul Allen with Jesse Webb and Gareth Turner from Big Naturals. Last year’s offering Outside the Circle was a masterpiece in psych / drone noise that rightly made itself […]

Album of the Day: A Forest of Stars – Beware The Sword You Cannot See

Posted on Monday, February 9th, 2015

Lovingy pinched from ThisIsNotAScene: Ah, the great British eccentric, how we love them. We will accept all manner of outrageous behaviour and entertain all sorts of way-out ideas from the oddballs that we have decided to take to our hearts. I first heard of A Forest of Stars on this […]

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