Shrinebuilder
Shrinebuilder


4.5
superb

Review

by Karl V.H. USER (85 Reviews)
January 17th, 2010 | 102 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Worship the shrine of the mightiest metal supergroup on the planet.

Remember being in a room full of your friends, jamming cover-tunes that sounded like crap, drinking an excessive amount of alcohol and smoking the reefer? Remember how you thought you sounded great, finally coming to at some point in the night and realizing you were all out of tune and some of you weren’t even playing the same song together? Those were good times and reflecting back on these nostalgic moments can put a smile on your face at the worst of times. Imagine if you all became better musicians sometime down the road, learning to be a well disciplined unit and producing some of the most forward thinking metal in existence? Let’s examine Shrinebuilder; a supergroup that I feel comes from these circumstances minus the initial “sucking phase”; a jam band of sorts who seem extremely comfortable creating music of this calibre. Also noteworthy is that the band is comprised of members from Om, Neurosis, Melvins, and Saint Vitus, coming from backgrounds that relate to all things leading edge about sludge, doom, and post metal. Did you dirty your pants a bit? I can wait for you to go get cleaned up so you can read the rest of this review...

Forming in 2006, it was the idea of Scott ‘Wino’ Weinrich (Saint Vitus) and Al Cisneros (Om, Sleep) who thought it would be interesting to form a collaboration with a few of their industry buddies. Enlisting Scott Kelly (Neurosis, Tribes of Neurot) and latter, Dale Crover (Melvins), who would replace Chris Hakius (Sleep) after he decided to retire from music, would prove to be the icing on the cake for this monster group. It wasn’t until 2008 that the group would finally stop procrastinating and start recording after much anticipation from fans of their full-time bands. Going back to my initial point at the top, this record feels like and represents those days of getting together with old friends and jamming out songs while partying it up. Want proof of why this album feels that way? It was written through these processes of making music with friends over the course of a few sessions and latter, recorded in a mere three days. The only thing that fails to meet my above nostalgic moments is that this doesn’t sound like a bunch of noise caught on tape, this sounds like a stoner metal album that will make your ears smoke.

The overall feel of this album can be summed up by saying that someone forgot to tell the producer to stop smoking spliffs in the recording room because there is a thick haze that looms around every corner of this album. Found in this thick fog of Mary Jane are fives tracks, designed to beat you over the head with a psychedelic trance, leaving you burnt out and asking for another hit of the sweet cheeba. Pot puns aside, anyone interested in Black Sabbath and Electric Wizard needs to listen up good. Every song seems to find itself building upon old-school Tony Iommi riffs and that perfect Dopethrone buzz, expanding on the parameters of what stoner metal typically sounds like and throwing in a superb dose of magnanimous song structures that are as ambitious as they are trance inducing. “Pyramid of The Moon” and “Blind for All to See” showcase a band that is comfortable with its dynamics. Whether they are the collective interests of the members full-time bands or simply the outside influences being taken into account, this is a mosaic (not a melting pot) of music that could only be done through the ears of four wise-men whose musical maturity is at it’s peak.

Even though song lengths can give an indication of how an album should be listened to, you could go into this album and listen to it as a whole or give each track it’s own individual attention. What you will find is that each song is quite different from one another; not so much in the sense that the tones of the songs themselves are different, but how each song offers a unique twist on the stoner metal genre. While three of the four members all share vocal responsibilities, which are all memorable performances to say the least, it’s the little subtle details that jump out at you with each careful listen. Saving the best song for last, “Science of Anger” is the best example of this featuring all three vocal styles, mountain-moving riffs, serpent-like solos noodling and increasing in intensity through each measure and catchy-as-*** bass lines that seem to have a mind of their own, yet somehow keep the song grounded in a nice head-bob.

If there’s one thing to say about this album, it’s that I dare any other supergroup in the history of supergroups to sound this natural and come up with something truly original rather than shoving all of their full-time bands into one giant collective (Cream is the only one I can truly say who has accomplished this to date). So while you’re all jamming out in your parents garage, getting ***ed up and accomplishing what would amount to the sounds of spazoid child obnoxiously clanging every instrument at the same time, just realize that the bar has been set high for jam bands.



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Wizard
January 17th 2010


19556 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Anyone who says Them Crooked Vultures owns....gtfo hahahah jk.

This is pretty neat stuff though, enjoy people. Like usual, constructive criticism is always welcome.

Digging: Nero Di Marte - Derivae

Ponton
Emeritus
January 17th 2010


5806 Comments


Well done. I actually read up on this in a magazine a couple of weeks ago. I really like the intro paragraph by the way, though I think you only need 3 dots at the end.

Digging: Ben Howard - I Forget Where We Were

Wizard
January 17th 2010


19556 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You know I love to exaggerate everything, hence the dots hahahaha. Fixing now and thanks dude. Check these guys out, you will not be disappointed.

IRAI
January 17th 2010


1567 Comments


Ill build YOU a Shrine.

I AM SHRINEBUILDER!

Wizard
January 17th 2010


19556 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

That would be the nicest thing anyone's ever done for me. Thank you for the kind offer.

Ponton
Emeritus
January 17th 2010


5806 Comments


That's an interesting set of album recommendations...

I think I'll youtube some of this.

Wizard
January 17th 2010


19556 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I can think of twenty more but I felt those were appropriate towards what this album is capturing.

TheSpirit
January 17th 2010


17940 Comments


This sounds awesome, great review man.

Two-Headed Boy
January 17th 2010


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is a gift from the gods.

Wizard
January 17th 2010


19556 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This sounds awesome

You needed that hahahahaha.

Wizard
January 17th 2010


19556 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is a gift from the gods.

Yep.

TheSpirit
January 17th 2010


17940 Comments


Are you implying something with your big font?

Wizard
January 17th 2010


19556 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It will make you remember to check out this album. You will use this reference in time when you remember to download this or whatever format you seek out.

TheSpirit
January 17th 2010


17940 Comments


Ahh, i see. Well, i'm d/ling it now so i would say your big font did the trick.

Wizard
January 17th 2010


19556 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Told ya.

FistfulOfSteel
January 17th 2010


894 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

love this album, hope they put out some more stuff in the future this is right up my alley.

great review as always , Wiz.

Zoo
January 18th 2010


3759 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This album couldn't begin to impress me. Good stuff, but nothing all too memorable. You made it sound damn good in your review though.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
January 18th 2010


16452 Comments


I read about this album a while ago but never really was sure if this was for me. I'll give it a shot though, your review convinced me of that much.

Digging: Swallowed - Lunarterial

jingledeath
January 18th 2010


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album rules, excellent review as usual bro.

DDconjoined
January 18th 2010


326 Comments


is this an EP?? sounds good. will check it out



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