Ancestors
Of Sound Mind


4.5
superb

Review

by Elijah Andrew STAFF
November 2nd, 2009 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Introducing the sleeper hit of the year.

To define Ancestors is both incredibly difficult and quite simple. Clearly the derive their sound from prog/ psychedelic masters, Pink Floyd, but also have a sound all to themselves. It's beautiful, haunting, emotional, and atmospheric. It's a completely immersible organism. One that is connected throughout, full of life and sound. In short, massive in size as well as scope.

Of Sound Mind is comprised of eight tracks, four fully fleshed out compositions, and four instrumental interludes. However, these interludes are ones you will actually want to listen to. Not mere ambient noise filled tracks with blips of sound, but are actually well thought out. Often times filled with piano or keyboard, these are some of the most beautiful areas of the album. The songs are massive, about 14 min. average. They blend into each other, but maintain an individual personality. At nearly 18 minutes, "The Trial" is the album's highlight. Full of highs an lows, "The Trial" is an epic in every sense of the word. All of this is accomplished without it dragging at all.

The instrumentals themselves fit the album perfectly. Everything is done to fit the mood of the piece perfectly. Yet, when you thought the guitar was only there to texture the sound, out breaks a fully realized solo. Not endless wankery, but well plotted and completely fitting. The keyboard is utilized without being over used and vocals are sparingly used, done well, but nothing to write home about.

As stated earlier, Ancestors are reminiscent of Pink Floyd. They do just enough to be original, but certain areas would be completely believable in a Pink Floyd album. This is slightly disheartening as it strips a little too much, making it seem slightly trite in areas. That being said, Ancestors could have found worse source material.

Yet to say that Ancestors ripped off anyone would be an insult to everything they did right. After careful listening it is obvious that they have their own sound. It's slightly heavier than most psychedelic albums, often times heavily distorted with low tuned guitar. Polar to that is the piano, which adds incredible depth, and it only gets deeper when acoustic guitar is added, such as in the song "Challenging." The vocals are even less frequent, giving the whole work more of a post rock/metal vibe.

Of Sound Mind is literally impossible to categorize. Prog, metal, psychedelic, post-rock, drone, and probably a million others being left out. To describe it in one word, I would have to say "sprawling." Its, bold and ambitious, stretching out in all directions to completely absorb and immerse the listener. If Of Sound Mind is any indicator, Ancestors could have a wonderful and successful career ahead of them.



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Xenophanes
Staff Reviewer
November 2nd 2009


10676 Comments


Review is meh, but someone needed to do it. Enjoy!

Digging: Blut Aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta III - Saturnian Poetry

jrowa001
November 2nd 2009


8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ive been wanting to get this album. their previous one is so good

Athom
Staff Reviewer
November 3rd 2009


17231 Comments


neptune with fire was pretty cool but i can hardly see anything of ancestors being a 4.5. guess i'll check this out


Xenophanes
Staff Reviewer
November 3rd 2009


10676 Comments


^I hope you enjoy it, i think you will be pleasantly surprised. Let me know what you think.

Prophet178
November 3rd 2009


6397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Ah you bastard, I wanted to review this haha. Too bad I'm ultra lazy.

Sick, sick album.

Xenophanes
Staff Reviewer
November 4th 2009


10676 Comments


You should still write one Prophet, I would read it!

ianjulian
November 23rd 2009


637 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

chido

Enotron
November 24th 2009


7695 Comments


Ima check this out

jrowa001
January 14th 2010


8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album turned out to be a great one. made my top 50 of the year

feav233
January 14th 2010


1411 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is awesome

cratos76
May 8th 2010


85 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

definte grower with each listen...

Athom
Staff Reviewer
June 21st 2010


17231 Comments


Over the last year these fellows have become one of my favorite live acts.

Sonnyboy
July 14th 2010


40 Comments


This review was "Meh", but you sure picked an hell of an album to review.



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