Elder are a bunch of stoner rockers from Boston and Reflections Of A Floating World is their latest release. The band manages to bring together elements of the post-hardcore scene along with that sound of early 2000's rock that a lot of people are constantly searching for. Available on double LP and CD on Stickman.
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9/10 gbar Customer review, 28th August 2017
Having outgrown their earlier heavy and sludgy doom metal roots with more dynamic songwriting and prog rock-like tempo changes in the globally-groundbreaking Lore, Elder fans since had not known what direction Elder could explore next, but the trio Elder have accomplished exactly what they needed to achieve to reach that next level by adding two additional studio musicians for their newest opus: Reflections of a Floating World.
Apart from one ambient interlude, "Sonntag", the music on 'Reflections...' retains their signature bombastic doom sound while offering a handful of psychedelic/shoegaze moments that they developed on Lore. Songs such as the opening two tracks "Sanctuary" and "The Falling Veil" both delivers on its promise of experimental heaviness by taking the listener on an exploration into cosmic territories with psychedelic elements while seamlessly returning to frequent heavy, fuzz-laden grounding. The 13-minute "Blind" has many characteristics of the classic prog-rock forefathers, mainly in its ability to exemplify the idea of repetition in structure that builds towards greater and greater heights.
'Reflections...' may require additional listens to fully comprehend the unusual directions and prog-like experimentation Elder have taken, but each direction they've taken on these six tracks is unique in its sonic abilities.
7/10 allistur Customer review, 28th August 2017
This is Elder's fourth album. I remember buying the first album and being bowled over by the awesome power and doom groove of tracks like 'Riddle of steel' and 'Ghost head' and here I am nine years later having faithfully bought their fourth... Oh, it's good, it's GOOD but... is it the typical metal cliche lyrics? Well, they are a bit D&D mixed with vagueness, but Nick DiSalvo has a good if somewhat typical metal vocal that means I don't really care what he's squalling about.
Track length? I'm a sucker for a long song and these average out at around 10 mins each, they build well and they're beautifully melodic in places ('The falling veil') so a big tick there. Are they a 'Metal' band? Not really, no balls to wall attitude here, more thoughtful, concise and with a proud nod to Prog Rock, so again a resounding pass there. The thing is, I don't think I'm that big a fan of 'Metal' at all really. It floated my boat in my teens but I've searched far and wide in the great musical universe since then. Their Stoner roots have all but gone now but somehow there is still something about them that intrigues me, from the crunchingly heavy riffs of 'Staving off truth' to the instrumental 'Sonntag' (yes, a Metal instrumental, don't get many of them these days!) They're great to listen to on headphones - I found myself a regular gym goer a few years back and the first three albums were my staple fitness fodder. I really wanted to give this an 8 but I think my current musical tastes have clouded my judgement somewhat.
If you like 'Progressive rock', as opposed to Prog (and yes I realise that's what it stands for but you know what I mean!) then Elder are certainly one of the finer examples around at the moment.
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