Label: Stickman Records Releasedate: 24-04-2020
In the last dozen years, Elder has stepped out of the shadows of their peers in the heavy rock underground to emerge a unique voice, delivering album after album of almost unparalleled consistency and creativity. Following 2017’s Reflections of a Floating World and the 2019 experimental EP The Gold & Silver Sessions, there was an anticipation going on about what the band’s next full-length might have in store. Well, the wait is over and here they are with the latest release, Omens!
Omens is all about that progressive and dream-y space rock that we have been craving for. Five songs lasting for an hour take us to different dimensions and evoke many emotions within. It is dynamic yet soothing, complicated yet simple. So give it some time to sink in, and enjoy the spiritual and at-times melancholic atmosphere that the album brings.
Musically, the majority of Omens consists of instrumental passages with the vocals being rather in the background. This makes perfect sense considering that this is a concept album. Instantly, you will feel and hear a variety of elements within the music, which goes well with that progressive and “space-rock” sound. This approach makes us focus on the instruments and melodies a lot more. Throughout Omens, you will find colorful keyboard solos (Embers, In Procession) as well as powerful and multi-layered guitars (Omens, One Light Retreating), reflecting the spirit of this concept album. The band also did a perfect job with the arrangements in general as the five tracks feel more like one big song rather than five separate pieces.
Omens is definitely a big step in ELDER’s career. We can all use some dreamy and progressive tunes right now and I can assure you that this release will be a different trip for everyone. So get it and get ready to fly high!
- Nicholas DiSalvo – guitars, vocals, keyboards
- Michael Risberg – guitars, keyboards
- Jack Donovan – bass
- Georg Edert – drums
- Fabio Cuomo – (guest) keyboards
02. In Procession
05. One Light Retreating