Elder: Lore

Psychedelic Bostonites learn to extend their trip

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It isn’t enough to imbibe the heavy-slung paeans to Sabbath these days without meandering off into labyrinthine progressive odes that have you wondering where the next musical turn will take you.

On one hand there are the Mastodons of the world that go full-throttle via sludge metal, but on the other hand are bands like this Boston three-piece who, rather than opt for full-on progressive doom like Pallbearer, have loosened up the sound, giving it pace and brightness.

Losing the caustic element of past albums, Lore is a forward-thinking composition across five lengthy epics, heavily weighted on shoegaze – that is to say, plenty of cymbal crashes and pensive moments – but not without a concentration of exhilarating riffs.

Moving between elongated instrumental sections of progressive-sounding guitar work such as on the title track, or Deadweight’s intro of disorientating tumble and chime and stoner-drenched layered vocals, this feels like a jam more than a collection of dip-in-and-out songs that allows you to fully immerse yourself in Elder’s hard/soft dynamics./o:p

Holly Wright

With over 10 years’ experience writing for Metal Hammer and Prog, Holly has reviewed and interviewed a wealth of progressively-inclined noise mongers from around the world. A fearless voyager to the far sides of metal Holly loves nothing more than to check out London’s gig scene, from power to folk and a lot in between. When she’s not rocking out Holly enjoys being a mum to her daughter Violet and working as a high-flying marketer in the Big Smoke.