Mon 07.05.18

Elder

+ King Buffalo

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Colossal stoner/doom on expedition to psych-, prog-, & krautrock!

“All heavy, no filler.” After 3 LPs, and with that mantra in the back of their minds, the guys from Elder decided to squeeze out a masterpiece: ‘Reflections of a Floating World’. On it, they serve up colossal stoner/doom laced with traces of psychedelic diversion and head out on daring expeditions toward prog- and krautrock. ‘Mindblowing’, ‘masters of the dying art of epic-scale rock composition’, ‘riffy awesomeness’, … The ears are bombarded with superlatives... and decibels! An album that adorns many a year-end metal chart.


For fans of Ufomammut, YOB, Kylesa, Sleep, Black Tusk, ASG, Pallbearer, Electric Wizard, Fu Manchu
In the press “Elder had few rivals in 2017” – Rolling Stone: #5 Best Metal Albums ‘17
“One of the very best heavy rock attacks on the planet!” - Pastemagazine
“The adrenaline-fueled crunch of RIFFS is never far around the corner” – Stereogum: #13 Best Metal Albums ‘17

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Elder are clearly gifted musicians, but playing live they underwhelmed me immensely. Since most of the songs sounded the same with very few melodic variations from one song to another, I felt like I was listening to the same song over and over. I came off of this gig more impressed by King Buffalo and their dynamic sound than Elder.
Nazo
Sublime soirée avec un pack King Buffalo - Elder de feu de dieu ! Et excellent public, il faut le reconnaître !
musicfada
C'est un peu mitigé que je me suis rendu au concert d'Elder. Je les avais déjà vus trois fois et leurs prestations avaient été à chaque reprise excellentes. Mais n'était-ce pas la fois de trop, avec un dernier album ("Reflections on a floating world") que j'ai trouvé décevant ? Dès les premiers instants, j'ai reçu en pleine pêche un flagrant démenti. La puissance est toujours là avec Jack Donovan, le bassiste, qui a les clés du camion et sait le mener en force dans les sinuosités des guitares. Elder en public prend une dimension énorme et, une fois encore, le concert a été superbe, souligné par un light show détonant. En première partie, King Buffalo nous a fait passer un agréable moment, mais c'est une autre catégorie.
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