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SAGE

Across Tundras

Experimental/Post Metal


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3 stars Across Tundras is one of the more unique bands on the modern doom metal scene, and their one-of-a-kind mix of sludgy doom metal, southern rock, and psychedelia has given them recognition throughout their own local Colorado scene, as well as the doom metal community at large. If one could imagine a sixties' Western film with a doom metal soundtrack, Sage is exactly what that would sound like.

There's a distinct Americana vibe throughout the album, and I'd say that's what gives Across Tundras their 'western' sound. Match that with psychedelic experimentation and pummeling doom metal riffage, and it looks like we've got a pretty unique album on our hands! While none of the songs are particularly great, there's enough variation and new ideas to keep me entertained all the way through. Sage also sports a professional production and excellent musicianship; I have no complaints when it comes to discussing how well-made this album is.

Sage is ultimately a pretty fun release from Across Tundras, and the country-styled brand of psychedelic doom metal exemplified on this release is unquestionably their own. My biggest knock is that there aren't really any great tracks here, but it's still a satisfying listen in my mind. I'd say 3 stars are deserved here. People looking for modern doom metal that's anything but Black Sabbath and Candlemass worship are bound to enjoy this one.

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