ARTIST : ELDER
ALBUM : OMENS
LABEL : ARMAGEDDON
RATING : 7/10
WORDS : Michael Woodworth
It’s always a bold move to throw a ten-minute song on an album; putting five on one teeters into uncharted waters. The problem is creating something to keep the listener’s attention while also staying away from repetitiveness. Expertly, psychedelic and progressive rock outfit Elder have managed to do just that with their newest release Omens.
Encompassing a wide variety of soundscapes that seemingly twist and bend at every turn, the album, released via Armageddon strays from the standard album structure and peers into your soul in a very intricate way. Each song is composed in a delicate web of flowing fluidity that somehow blends together perfectly yet branches out so differently.
influences from Red Hot Chili Peppers and Foo Fighters can be heard throughout
The album, from the New Bedford, Massachusetts natives, opens up with the title track “Omens,” with an electronica / synth build joined by cascading guitars. Just as you get used to the change, power chords and classic rock tones take the stage and create a balance between edgy and mystic. The next verse touches on the soul doorstep that transforms into a stunning ambiance quickly followed by a violin highlighted entwined with uplifting undertones.
“In Procession,” the second track drives potential influences from Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Lostprophets Start Something era. With sweeping 90’s feel vocals and a bevy of 8-bit lead strokes with a primetime feel. Bringing back the classic influences, the song even features a stripped back Metallica feel while also bursting out strong solo strumming that is perfect for a moonlit waterfall backdrop.The third track, “Halcyon,” starts off with zen feel that permeates into a strong bass line. With a mix of wavy and twang that also touches on classic rock in the middle, the bridge allows for a more open expanse feel that opens up the album.
The sky’s the limit for the adventurous trio and they have plenty of creativity to be able to bring anything they want to the table.
“Embers” stays on the same path and opens up with a nice mellow beat but also shows the notable classic rock structure. More influences from Red Hot Chili Peppers and Foo Fighters can be heard throughout the track that also hums from powerful, uplifting synth. The final track, “One Light Retreating,” is built for outro dreamers, plain and simple.
Elder has been able to enchant the listener for just under an hour and five songs is all they needed to transport you to your own wildest imaginations; each song its own individual album, pushing the envelope to every degree. The ability to blend such a diverse number of genres while still being able to tell a narrative gives this album its own unique panache. The sky’s the limit for the adventurous trio and they have plenty of creativity to be able to bring anything they want to the table.
Omens is out now via Armageddon.