Elder: Lore

Seismic psych rock thunder.

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Previously somewhat in thrall to classic Black Sabbath, Boston’s Elder have become something of a progressive juggernaut on this, their third album. These are tunes forged in the experimental heat of the jam room, multi-layered epics of searing light and darkest shadow, elemental in their power, scope and scale.

Compendium kicks things into motion, unmistakably setting the tone for the five-song cycle; colossal riffs unfold like the titanic grind of tectonic plates, with a bottom end as deep as the Mariana Trench.

Legend, Lore, Deadweight and Spirit At Aphelion are positively oceanic in their crash and surge, with delicate melodies and lighter passages punctuating the rolling, labyrinthine song structures. Through bold immensity, Elder have set the psych stoner bar perilously high./o:p

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Whether it’s magazines, books or online, Essi has been writing about rock ’n’ metal for around thirty years. He has been reviews editor for Classic Rock and Metal Hammer, rock reviews editor for lads mag Front and worked for Kerrang!. He has also written the Rough Guide to Heavy Metal and contributed to the Rough Guide to Rock and Rough Guide Book of Playlists, and the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles (13th edition). Most fun interview? Tenacious D – Jack Black and Kyle Gass – for The Pick of Destiny movie book. An avid record/CD/tape collector, he’s amassed more music than he could ever possibly listen to, which annoys his wife no end.