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    Elder - Omens

    The omens were good for Elder, and they're back with an excellent, new album - I would say their best so far. Nick di Salvo likes long, complex compositions and in Omens he presents us with 5 of those 10 minutes long epics. Di Salvo is a master of the heavy, guitar riff and the music gains its strength from the continuous double, or triple guitar wall sound. But this time around they have added a lot of keyboards, and combine force with beautiful, atmospheric passages that demonstrate a great sensitivity at work.

    What to say, I love it! It has this romantic naivete that the good old 70's bands used to have, "let's throw a ton of riffs in there, let's be dramatic and wild, let's see what happens if we add some old fashioned moogs and mellotrons". A great band, one of the few that remain relevant in our days in this sort of heavy, progressive music.

    So, how do you like it?

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    I LOVE this band. 'Lore' and Reflections of a Floating World' are brilliant prog/stoner/metal (or whatever the hell ya call it ). I've been listening to 'Omens' all week and my first impression was "wow...vocals are very different" and it put me off a bit if I'm being honest. Musically it's incredible, lots of creativity in there with long tunes, great hooks, great atmosphere...always keeping my interest. Took a few listens to appreciate the new vocal style, but I think it works well with the sound.

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    ^^^ Scott, your experience is similar to mine.
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    I don't actually notice much, if any, difference from the vocals on Omens and Reflections of a Floating World. Strange.

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    My copy is on its way from Armageddon.

    I’ve liked all their releases thus far. I quite like the direction the moved into with their EP from last year, The Gold and Silver Sessions. I’ll be happy if this album moves further in that direction.
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    Love this band too, but "Omens" has been a bit of a let down as compared with the stunning "Reflections of a Floating World". At least it was my first impression upon hearing it. Each consecutive listening improved a bit my liking of it; however, it does not stand a chance to get to the point I would like it as much as Reflections. It seems there have been some changes in the line-up so perhaps it will get better ... I am hoping.

    If you like Reflections ... you should try out the album by the Polish band Weedpecker - III
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    I've got it playing right now after downloading from Bandcamp. Yes, the vox are different but it still sounds like Elder. It will take a while to absorb and rank this one. Fortunately, I have the time.
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    I did order one of their older albums which I missed and I have to say I was disappointed in the quality control. No other way to say it but the vinyl was filthy. I was able to clean it up for the most part but the overall sound is just fair. No matter, these things will crop up from time to time. Can't wait to hear all of Omens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PCMusic View Post
    If you like Reflections ... you should try out the album by the Polish band Weedpecker - III
    Awful band name, but yeah man, this album is awesome. One of my favorites of the last 5 years.
    "Who would have thought a whale would be so heavy?" - Moe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klonk View Post
    Awful band name, but yeah man, this album is awesome. One of my favorites of the last 5 years.
    Same here ... Weedpecker seems to follow the footsteps of Elder so can't wait for their next release. Hope the wait won't be too long.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Klonk View Post
    Awful band name, but yeah man, this album is awesome. One of my favorites of the last 5 years.
    Well, I think it's a great band name, and when I mentioned it to my girlfriend, she does too, lol.

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    Elder are great. My favorite album of theirs is Dead Roots Stirring but the new one sounds promising on first spin.

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    Just heard the s/t album. I heard a couple tracks from Omens too. Almost a different band.

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    Spun this again today. It's really good, isn't it.

    Lots of layers.

    I'd love to have a chance to hear some of these songs live.
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    Quote Originally Posted by polmico View Post
    Spun this again today. It's really good, isn't it.

    Lots of layers.

    I'd love to have a chance to hear some of these songs live.
    Yes, a very cool album, that does reward repeated spins. I was very much looking forward to seeing them live for the first time in Toronto, in a fairly small club. Covid took care of that, of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vic2012 View Post
    Just heard the s/t album. I heard a couple tracks from Omens too. Almost a different band.
    The first album is a band trying to work out their sound and style, not representative of what they developed over the next couple of albums. "Lore", "Dead Roots Stirring" and "Reflections of a Floating World" are just stunning, and "Omens" may be a half-star below them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Klonk View Post
    Awful band name, but yeah man, this album is awesome. One of my favorites of the last 5 years.
    Agreed, an album that is damn near perfect, but yes...that name...

    Personally I'm loving the new Elder album. As Yves remarked to me directly, it's slightly less crunchy than previous albums, but for me what it perhaps slightly lacks in crunch it more than makes up for in depth. Definitely one for either top-notch headphones or top-quality speakers.

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