Elder, a three piece from Boston, Massachusetts, made Heavy Planet's Top 10 list back in 2009 with their self-titled debut. We felt this was the best stoner / doom offering of 2009. Well, Elder is back with a whole new monster. Thank you Elder and thank you Meteor City. Needless to say expectations are high for 'Dead Roots Stirring'.
Rather than me resisting the inevitable, 'Dead Roots Stirring' is phenomenal, completely crushing and surpassing those expectations from the debut 'Elder'. It is certainly a 10 out of 10 (on my scale) and very well could top my "Best of 2011" list. For the music nerd in me, this album has everything. Great song writing, check. Mammoth riffage, yep! Cosmic psychedelia, got it. Clean production, yes. Extraordinary artwork, check. All I need now is the vinyl.. (DRAT!! it looks as though I'm too late, hopefully there will be another pressing.)
If you're sold, no need to read on. This is just going to be my mindless dribble... 'Dead Roots Stirring' most notable track is 'III' (and this is an instrumental track!). 'III' sums up the majesty of the record within it's nine minute run time, but don't cut yourself short. Listen through these fifty some minutes of immense psych-rock. There is a beauty Elder has created that is not heard in stoner rock. The instruments, vocals, and lyrics are truly cohesive here, not one over-rides the other. Each work in perfect harmony fabricating a new sound of (what we all like to call) 'Heavy'.
The album can be downloaded at bandcamp, amazon, and iTunes or it you're like me you will want a physical copy. Get it at all.that.is.heavy. Now, do yourself a favor and check it out, hell you can stream it at YouTube!
**10 out of 10**
Nick DiSalvo - Guitars, Vocals
Jack Donovan - Bass
Matt Couto - Drums