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Across Tundras: Sage

Across Tundras has been around for a while with their intriguing mixture of Doom/Psychedelic/progressive/Sludge Metal. Need I say more, the above is a mixture in musical streams you seldom find in a band let alone a band comprising of only three.

The very dark atmosphere of Doom is present all over, as well as the intriguing mystique of Psychedlia. The wide open production helps create a special sound reminding here and there of a sound created in the '70's by Jim Morrison and the Doors. With Sage the boys have released their 7th full length effort almost 55 minutes long divided into 7 songs, leaving enough room in each song for the heavily needed dosage of psychedelic sound.

I am stunned and blown over by the music in Sage. It is, to me, music I can relax with and have my head empty after the album, it's de-stressingingly great music for the spirit, for the mind. Still, the spirituality in the music is nothing like the eastern oriented post rock/ psychedelic rock of most European bands, as Across Tundras' Sage leans very much towards the country/western style or native Indian influences. Which is great really as it brings a new dimension into the music.

Although in general I think music like this should be played and undergone in a live setting I find the production of Sage of a nature making it easy and fun to listen to.

Track listing:
1. In the Name of River Grand
2. Hijo de Desierto
3. Buried Arrows
4. The Book of Truth
5. Tchulu Junction
6. Mean Season Movin' On
7. Shunka Sapa

Added: November 27th 2011
Reviewer: Gert Hulshof
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Language: english

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Across Tundras: Sage
Posted by Jeff B, SoT Staff Writer on 2011-11-27 14:46:15
My Score:

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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