Friday, 28 February 2014

Elder - Self Titled

'Self Titled'
Review by Elek Malcolm-Madill

Genre/s: Stoner/Doom Metal, Space Rock
For Fans Of: The Sword, Conan, Red Fang

Classic and in some terms simplistic at a first glance, Elder bring an essence of extreme fluidity to their music which you can easily see throughout their self titled first album. It's probably going to seem ironic that I say "simplistic" by the time you get past the first couple tracks of the album, but it definitely has a sense of accessibility to itself, while still maintaining it's atmosphere consisting of various layers of catchy guitar riffs, and subtle bass/drum playing make it easier to throw on than most other stoner/doom albums I can think of. Overall it isn't overwhelming, but not underwhelming either- the vocals especially match the instruments perfectly making the entire production feel juuuust right. Basing it's lyrics mainly around fantasy on tracks as well as Conan the Barbarian (seen on the tracks "Riddle of Steel" Pt. 1&2), Elder's tracks seem in some sense like the bastard children of the classic song "The Wizard" by Black Sabbath. All in all, if fluid, easy listening is what you're after in a doom/stoner band then Elder is definitely for you.

1. White Walls
2. Hexe
3. Riddle of Steel Pt. 1
4. Ghost Head
5. Riddle of Steel Pt. 2

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