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4 stars Seeing zero reviews for stoner rock's hottest band now makes me really sad. Yep, this is a prog-oriented site, but man have you actually heard ELDER? Their 10-15-min long epics are heavily inspired by the likes of MOTORPSYCHO, ANEKDOTEN, MASTODON, SOUNDGARDEN, even GENESIS and RUSH, and "Lore" is definitely their best album and/or the best starting point with their music. Got a soft spot for all the others too, but while "Dead Roots..." is a bit too jammy and "Reflections..." is basically "Lore, pt.II", this 5-track, 60-min beast of a record strikes a perfect balance between amazing songwriting (those leads!), hard-hitting grooves and impressive musicianship. One last word to sell it to ya? MELLOTRON, loads of it!

Knowing these guys personally makes me really proud - I was the one who brought them to play Kyiv's Robustfest back in 2016 (the biggest/oldest psych/stoner/doom/prog Ukrainian festival) - and they KILL it live. What a fantastic band, don't you miss them!

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Posted Saturday, July 29, 2017 | Review Permalink
4 stars This is insanely good stuff. I bought the albums on Bandcamp, and have been listening to them together in one sitting. They are absolutely addicting. There is a high level of instrumentation, maybe 80/20 to the vocals, but I never feel bored in any way. Their sound is a grungy, psychedelic, spacey, perpetual jam that just ropes you in. They provide much of the same enjoyment of bands like King Crimson, Motorpsycho, or even Hawkwind, where the instrumentation can keep you entertained while you relax, work, exercise, or wash dishes. Nick's vocals remind me of a Jane's Addiction type of sound with a higher pitch tone, and they fit the music well. Elder Lore is probably the best place to start, but you cannot go wrong with any of them. I look forward to their next release. Head over to Bandcamp and see if they do not rope you in too.
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Posted Saturday, June 16, 2018 | Review Permalink
4 stars We've all heard the refrain before: rock n' roll, or "guitar," music is long dead and actually still dying. Cliché as it may be, the claim is backed up by the Billboard numbers. Those rock acts that do manage to top the charts, acts like Coldplay and Imagine Dragons, have grown to use the guitar and the traditional trappings of rock as an accessory to music that is increasingly electronic based. Wittingly or not, Nick DiSalvo, the front man and, on this record, sole guitarist of Elder, has stepped up to prove that the almighty riff is still King. Armed with a monster stoner rock guitar tone and a killer rhythm section, the album's 5 sprawling tracks aim to take the listener on a journey across colorful and ambitious soundscapes, a feat made all the more impressive given the core ensemble of musicians is essentially a power trio. Rock may have died in the mainstream. Independent progressive metal revived it.
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