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Elder: The Gold & Silver Sessions

Elder is a band completely new to me. The New England psychedelic metallers formed in 2008 and have released five albums thus far including their latest EP titled The Gold & Silver Sessions. Although only three tracks the disc still clocks in at thirty-three minutes giving the members plenty of room to explore their surroundings. In the band are Nicholas DiSalvo (guitars, keyboards, drums, bass), Jack Donovan (bass) , Mathew Couto (drums) and Michael Risberg (guitars, keyboards).

From what I have read about the band’s first four albums this new platter travels in a slightly different direction, preferring the mellow road and not near as heavy as past albums. The first track “Illusory Motion” is almost trance-like with mesmerizing guitar and soft backing drones. It has a very chilled out and relaxed groove, the floaty keyboards also help in that regard. Next is “Im Morgengrauen”, another subdued piece although the intensity does ramp up near the end as the riffs become more intense. On “Weibensee” the guitar and keys are much more spacey as the band extends into a very trippy jam. It’s an excellent track to be sure, a find ending to an album that has certainly piqued my interest in the band. Looking forward to exploring more of their work.

Released on Blues Funeral Recordings.

Track Listing:
1. Illusory Motion
2. Im Morgengrauen
3. Weibensee

Added: October 5th 2019
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Label's Official Site
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Language: english

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