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3.73 | 34 ratings | 3 reviews | 15% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2009

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. From Nothing (1:06)
2. Mother Animal (14:31)
3. Not the Last Return (1:29)
4. Bounty of Age (13:44)
5. A Friend (3:06)
6. The Trial (17:34)
7. Challenging (6:25)
8. The Ambrose Law (13:32)

Total Time 71:27

Line-up / Musicians

- Justin Maranga / 6- & 12-string guitars, electric sitar, vocals
- Jason Watkins / organ, piano, vocals
- Chico Foley / keyboards, electronics, vocals
- Nick Long / bass, vocals
- Brandon Pierce / drums, percussion

- Sera Timms / vocals (6)
- David Scott Stone / synth (5,6)
- Ramiro Zapata / cello (8)

Releases information

Artwork: Derek Albeck

2LP Tee Pee Records ‎- TPE-109 (2009, US)

CD Tee Pee Records ‎- TPE-109 (2009, US)

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ANCESTORS Of Sound Mind ratings distribution

(34 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(15%)
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Review by UMUR
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4 stars "Of Sound Mind" is the 2nd full-length studio album by US, Los Angeles, California based stoner metal act Ancestors. The album was released through Tee Pee Records in October 2009.

Ancestors play an interesting mix of stoner metal and 70s psychadelic/progressive rock and in addtion to guitars, drums, bass and vocals, there are keyboards, electronics and an omnipresent organ featured in the music. The vocal style varies between raw and clean (when the vocals are most mellow they remind me of the vocal style on the early seventies releases by Pink Floyd). The bandīs debut album "Neptune With Fire (2008)" was quite a mouthful, as it consisted of only two 15 - 20 minutes long tracks of stoner metal with long sections of jamming and only limited use of vocals.

Ancestors have developed their sound significantly since the debut though and while most tracks featured on "Of Sound Mind" are still very long (out of 8 tracks on the 71:26 minutes long album, 4 tracks exceed the 12 minutes mark), the tracks are much better composed and more structured than the tracks from the debut album. There are still some long jamming parts on the album, and I have to admit that some of the parts in tracks like "Bounty of Age" and especially the 17:34 minute long "The Trial" go on a bit too long for my taste.

I wasnīt exactly expecting to be blown away by "Of Sound Mind" as I found "Neptune With Fire (2008)" a bit unfocused and lacking structure. "Of Sound Mind" has really surprised me though and to my ears itīs a quality album, featuring solid musicianship, an organic sound production and some well written material. I still find some of the jamming parts unnecesarily long but thatīs ultimately an aquired taste so I wonīt hold it against the album. A 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating is deserved.

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3 stars Listening diary 21st February, 2021: Ancestors - Of Sound Mind (psychedelic stoner doom metal, 2009) I really love the existence of Ancestors, even if I don't really feel their music half the time. There are so few bands in metal carrying on the spirit of psych rock, and Ancestors seem to almos ... (read more)

Report this review (#2600425) | Posted by Gallifrey | Friday, October 8, 2021 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Over the last few months I have briefly conversed with band guitarist Justin Maranga through blog comments and the odd email with regards to the band's first release, and this, their sophomore release - due out October the 6th on Tee Pee Records. Judging from his opinion and my own excitement, i ... (read more)

Report this review (#245625) | Posted by SometimeWorld | Thursday, October 22, 2009 | Review Permanlink

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