Boston psych-rockers Elder released Dead Roots Stirring back in 2011. It delivered 60 minutes of top-notch fuzz and remains a fan’s favourite to this day. The band are constantly evolving their sound, and this album saw them breaking out of their initial mould as doom metal stoners to create psychedelic epics with melodies strong enough to stir the soul.
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9/10 gbar Customer review, 13th November 2017
From the very get-go, Elder's sophomore effort 'Dead Roots Stirring' is like being submerged into a sea of pure guitar noise, creating great distorted soundscapes that moves at a pace that obviously didn’t have droning riffs in mind. It’s very psychedelic and throughout its 50+ minutes, it never gets boring. There are a lot of slow melancholic sections as one would expect from a doom/stoner band, as well as the gripping soft interludes, but the band strikes a nice balance with tunes that are actually quite uplifting. The album closer 'Knot' is a good example of this, as is the instrumental track 'III', which has a great slow progression in mood from doom-laden acoustic guitars to all-out guitar solo goodness that will leave you feeling sky-high. Nick DeSalvo once again delivers a powerful and passionate performance both on guitar and on vocals. Dead Roots Stirring may only be five songs long, but each track is really well thought-out and should easily resonate with most metalheads and fans of rock.
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