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By now, we’re pretty well aware of what genres blend together well. Mixing stoner metal with prog-rock’s sprawl with hints of psych isn’t totally new ground, but few do it as well as Elder, and Reflections On A Floating World is easily their best record yet. Elder is a three-piece heavy psych band hailing from Boston, USA. Their lengthy songs are told as stories, unfolding and undulating across genre boundaries and into new kosmische territory.

Reflections of a Floating World is Elder’s fourth full length album and second LP released via Stickman Records (EU) and Armageddon Label (US). Long, undulating and dense tracks float between psychedelic passages and progressive rock without missing a beat; adventurous and unpredictable songs are punctuated by hypnotic jams, all colored by the tendency toward melody and dynamism that has become the band’s hallmark. In keeping with their motto of expanding and expanding upon their repertoire, guest musicians Mike Risberg and Michael Samos joined the core three in the studio to add extra guitar, keys and pedal steel, adding vibrancy and lushness to the album. In all regards, Reflections shows a band with a clear vision honing their skills with every year.

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Nicholas DiSalvo – Guitar, keys, vocals
Jack Donovan – Bass
Matt Couto – Drums
Michael Risberg – Guitar
Michael Samos – Pedal steel

ELDER – ” Lore “

Posted: December 30, 2015 in MUSIC
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Elder’s third album moves them on just a bit from traditional doom into another sound from that same era: the proggy hard rock of bands like UFO, Armageddon, Budgie, and at times a little Led Zeppelin. They filter that sound through just enough modern sludge to keep it from being a genre workout, but it’s also enough of a throwback that your cool uncle who saw Deep Purple on the In Rock tour might dig it too. The record is five songs that clock in just shy of an hour, and this thing has riffs for days. Any given song on Lore has more insta-classic riffage than some bands manage on an entire album. It’s the kind of record I could picture some kid hearing and wanting to learn to play the whole thing. Every generation needs records like that, and we’re lucky to have this one.

Lore is the third full-length album by Elder and a watershed moment in the band’s history. Joining the interplay of heaviness and melody which has become the hallmark Elder sound are a host of new meanderings through uncharted kosmische territory; krautrock, prog as well as classic heavy rock and doom can all be heard unfolding throughout the record’s five songs. By giving equal credence to riffs and atmosphere, Lore bypasses genre constraints, the group’s penchant for progressive songwriting and melody shining more brightly than ever

 

Elder is a three-piece heavy psych band hailing from Boston, USA. Their lengthy songs are told as stories, unfolding and undulating across genre boundaries