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Experimental/Post Metal • United States


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ACROSS TUNDRAS started in the spring of 2004 in Denver, CO with Heath RAVE, Kyler STURTZ, and Tanner OLSON. They recorded the 'Divides' EP and toured the midwest a few times with this lineup. Heath and Kyler both moved away to pursue their careers as a tattoo artist and photographer, and Tanner OLSON kept moving forward with ACROSS TUNDRAS. They had a whole album worth of material at this time and Tanner then enlisted his roommate Josh KAUFFMAN to play drums, recording their first full length 'Dark Songs of the Prairie' in 2006. While touring the United States and writing continuously, they recorded the 'Full Moon Blizzard' EP to demo some new songs and developed new music for a spring West Coast tour with BATTLEFIELDS, eventually recording 'Western Sky Ride' in the dead of winter 2007. Unfortunately after recording this beast, interest from the other band members went on a serious decline and it got the point where they weren't even practicing. Tanner was still writing up a storm and never felt stronger about AT's music, so he went ahead and recorded 'Lonesome Wails From the Weeping Willow' by himself with longtime contributor Shannon MURPHY adding a lot of vocals. During this period he knew it was also time to move away from Colorado and breathe some new life into his own lungs and ACROSS TUNDRAS. So in the spring of 2008, he packed up the van and headed to Nashville, TN where he hooked up with a couple of gifted musicians, Nate ROSE and Micah EPPINGER. A long journey but things are stronger than ever now and the group is wide awake and re-energized. They are currently still playing a lot of shows and writing for many future releases including a split 7" with US Christmas and a yet to be named LP/CD that will be out next year (2009) on MusicFearSatan in France.

AT is a tribute to all their influences. In their songs they honor the past, their families, nature, amazing musicians and artists throughout time, and everything that has shaped them and this world. They want to make music that can transfer you to another place and feel a wide array of emotions. They embrace a simple life and reject unnecessary technological advancements . so they play through tube amplifiers, listen to vinyl, under produce their records, have fun, and never forget where they came from. They really don't want to be categorized into any cliques or sub categories of music and they feel their music is for everyone. (tanner/at)

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3.00 | 4 ratings
Dark Songs Of The Prairie
2006
3.08 | 4 ratings
Western Sky Ride
2008
1.27 | 2 ratings
Lonesome Wails From The Weeping Willow
2008
3.00 | 2 ratings
Herds of the Fathomless Valleys
2009
3.43 | 7 ratings
Old World Wanderer
2010
3.00 | 3 ratings
Sage
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
Electric Relics
2013

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4.00 | 1 ratings
Moonshinin'
2010
3.05 | 2 ratings
Tumbleweeds
2011

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2.00 | 2 ratings
Divides
2005
3.00 | 2 ratings
Full Moon Blizzard
2007
3.00 | 1 ratings
Metatotem
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
Across Tundras/Lark's Tongue
2013

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 Tumbleweeds by ACROSS TUNDRAS album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2011
3.05 | 2 ratings

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Tumbleweeds
Across Tundras Experimental/Post Metal

Review by The Truth
Collaborator Post/Math Rock Team

3 stars An excellent intro to Across Tundras if you have not heard them, it's downright stunning post-metal with an obvious pinch of the band's own formula which is pretty awesome. Who has ever heard of old west post-metal? Well that's the atmosphere this band creates and it's stunning.

Now, while this is a collection of outtakes and demos, it can at times seem like some tracks are a little lack luster. What lack luster there is is made up for in the atmosphere and quality of the collection as a whole. The sort of post-metal jam session that the album sometimes feels like is complimented extremely well by it's old west tendencies and there are many tracks which are very intricate and eargasmic such as "Vapor Trails".

Take note though, this is a chill out record in the strictest sense, very laid back and not for someone looking to rock out per se, but it does still rock pretty hard at times. It is post-metal after all.

I mean, it's Name Your Price on bandcamp, how can you go wrong? It's a great listen and many fans of music will be able to see that immediately. It's also a great start to getting into Across Tundras and their fairly large discography.

3 stars, still a very good record, but it is an outtakes album.

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 Sage by ACROSS TUNDRAS album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.00 | 3 ratings

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Sage
Across Tundras Experimental/Post Metal

Review by J-Man
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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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 Lonesome Wails From The Weeping Willow by ACROSS TUNDRAS album cover Studio Album, 2008
1.27 | 2 ratings

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Lonesome Wails From The Weeping Willow
Across Tundras Experimental/Post Metal

Review by pussywillow

1 stars I may as well admit from the start that Post Rock is not my cuppa tea. I normally stay well clear, but the title of this disc appealed. Sometimes you have to take a chance on something different. And boy, this sure is ummm.......different.

I knew nothing whatsoever about this band and had no idea what to expect. Indeed, hard as it may seem, I actually approached this record with an open mind.

Maybe I'm missing something or maybe my copy has been used as a frisbee by the post service, but the first cut, 'Before the Rooster Crows' sounds like a cross between the Baron Knights and something Black Oak rejected after a night on the town.

I honestly thought it was some kind of joke. Sometimes you get opening numbers like this on albums.....

Unfortunately the next track 'Blackbird Languid sky' was similar and the third 'Holes II - High River Dirge' was exactly that : a dirge in the true sense of the term. The rest of the album continues in the same vein. I can vaguely detect some sort of semblance of a melody on 'Last Breath' and Last Requim' is almost listenable......but I can find nothing to commend at all.

Remember those toy plastic play guitars you used to get in Woolies years ago ? One of these seems to be lead. My mother used to give me saucepans and old cake tins to bang on with a wooden spoon when I was a kid. These guys have resurrected those too. Add somebody mumbling down a megaphone the wrong way and record the whole thing in a public phone box with an old tape recorder then you have Across Tundra.

How on earth this drivel made it onto CD is beyond me. I know I could never be accused of having an eclectic taste in terms of music, but this pitiful tripe is so appaulingly dire is can barely be called music. I even thought maybe I had a faulty copy and had to check with the sample on the site. No, apparently this is what they are meant to sound like. This is certainly 'very challenging' music, if your bag is off key tinny instruments, garbled vocals and tin pot drums all mixed by our builder and recorded at Steptoe and Sons.

No doubt I'll get hammered by Across Tundra fans (assuming they have one) but I can't for the life of me find anything to appeal on this disc. I suppose if I disliked the neighbours next door this horror at full volume would be ideal.

It will be interesting to see if there is any conflicting reviews on this album, maybe I've missed the point. Anyway, the covers a nice shade of purple.

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