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Elder - Reflections Of A Floating World album review

Stoner-prog behemoths take us on an epic trip

Cover art for Elder - Reflections Of A Floating World album

Four albums into their career and Elder show no signs of curtailing their sonic and songwriting flights of fantasy. If anything, the tunes are getting longer and more satisfyingly complex.

With the addition of pedal steel and mellotron, the immensity of the compositions on 2015’s predecessor Lore are exceeded seemingly without effort – Sanctuary, The Falling Veil and Staving Off Truth clock in at over 32 minutes alone.

The real beast, however, is the layered elemental juggernaut that is Blind, before the surging stoner, doom and psych maelstrom abates for the mellower interlude Sonntag, leading into cosmic closer Thousand Hands.

A real trip from start to finish, this is the product of a band unfettered by anything other than their own imaginations.

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.