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Review: Elder - Reflections of a Floating World
Reflections of a Floating World

Label: Stickman Records
Year released: 2017
Duration: 1:04:21
Tracks: 6
Genre: Doom Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: November 19, 2018
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Reflections of a Floating World

Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (4 Votes)

From their murky beginnings as a kind of stoner band, Elder have matured into something really unique. They have largely done this by mixing in a great deal of 70s prog-rock into their essentially Doom sound, creating heavy, groovy music that has a lot of layers and complexity to it. Their last one, Lore, was a definite high point for the band, and I was keen to see what they had come up with this time.

Reflections of a Floating World is definitely the band's most adventurous work, and if you found Elder an edge case before, then this is going to maybe be too far. I find a lot of this album completely delightful, with the songs packed with surprising twists and turns that snake off in unexpected directions and keep the long compositions from getting dull. The heaviness has been dialed back a bit, but that's to allow the more involved parts of the music to be heard, so it's a fair trade-off. A lot of the songs have very sparse vocals, and a great deal of this is almost like an instrumental album. That said, guitarist/vocalist Nick DiSalvo has stepped up his game, and sounds a lot more compelling than he used to.

This is a heavy, powerful, melodic, and emotional melding of Doom and prog rock, and it makes for a very compelling listen, each spin revealing new things you missed the last time through. The one misstep is the track "Sonntag", which is an instrumental doodle that never gets going, and has no reason to go on for eight minutes like it does. If you skip it, you won't be missing anything. The rest of the album remains inventive and involving, and if you like Elder, you should not miss it.

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