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Review: Jess and the Ancient Ones - Astral Sabbat
Jess and the Ancient Ones
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Astral Sabbat

Label: Svart Records
Year released: 2013
Duration: 24:18
Tracks: 3
Genre: Metal/Hard Rock

Rating: 4/5

Review online: February 9, 2013
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Astral Sabbat

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When I first heard Jess and the Ancient Ones debut (thanks to Luxi's review) I knew the band was on to something different. The classic sound of 60s occult-tinged Heavy Rock is perfectly recreated by the band. 2013 sees the release of a 3-song EP, Astral Sabbat. The title alone should assure readers that the weird and wonderful melodies and lyrics remain intact. "Astral Sabbat" and "Long and Lonesome Road" are excellent examples of this band's ability to transport listeners back in time. You'll only need to hear lead singer Jess channel a young Grace Slick on "Long and Lonesome Road" to understand what I'm talking about. Both singers project a power and charisma that is completely captivating. The song "More Than Living," which clocks in at a hefty 14:48, is probably twice as long as it needs to be. The dreamy parts are overlong as is the wait for the payoff at the end, when the band really cranks up the tempo. If you liked Jess and the Ancient Ones' debut, you should find Astral Sabbat equally pleasing. Along with bands like Year of the Goat, Jess and the Ancient Ones are reviving one of the few good things from the 60s.

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