Ancestors
In Dreams And Time


4.0
excellent

Review

by Sevhead USER (4 Reviews)
May 13th, 2012 | 19 replies | 5,102 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "...as much speaker-blasting headbangy gnar-ness as oppurtunity for a more introspective listen."

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

As the great multitude of various subdivisions of musical genres begin to expose themselves to the mainstream and then proliferate, we begin to notice a trend. In addition to the music growing in a new direction as the scene expands, some groups shy from the more accepted sounds and present something entirely their own. Where progressive meets stoner, Ancestors craft an original and striking record with “In Dreams And Time”.

“In Dreams and Time”, which is sure to be a contender for album of the year for many, is a record of triumph and acceptance of challenge, a confident proclamation of the power of experienced songcraft fused with an excellent grasp of a unique sound, dense with nuanced textures. As the opener begins, the twin guitar work begins to rhythmically pound the listener with thick slabs of fuzzed-out stonerdom. Wailing vocals soar above the mix in a style not unlike Torche, while sometimes opting instead for a more aggressive metal roar. The bass is well featured in the mix, exhibiting a progressive-rock-minded tonal clarity with a very groove-centric playstyle. The drums, while simple, also help keep things grounded in a very matter-of-fact manner, while throwing some great fills into the mix. The effects are the real draw here, though. Loud organ work dripping in psychedelica perfectly hangs over the soundscape, tastefully flavoring the music without becoming overbearing. Ancestors have often been compared in a very favorable light to Pink Floyd, and with only fifteen seconds of preview, it can't be hard to see why.

Flow is another serious plus for this album, as each track falls perfectly into place beside each other, giving the record a ton of replay value. Opener “Whispers” features bombastic drum work under synth effects and some superb vocal phrasing. The sound for most of the record is absolutely mythological. The closer “First Light” enjoys ten-plus minutes of organ worship, it quickly but effortlessly bridges into soft and somber chords before diving into a full-on stoner anthem, none of which is anything but inevitable.

While challenging, “In Dreams and Time” is an excellent record for the patient listener, providing a thickly layered prog-stoner experience that will Ancestors fans will immediately recognize. At once fuzzy and focused, featuring warbly mellotron as much as downtuned guitar work, “In Dreams and Time” is a completely unique listen, novel in the sense it provides as much speaker-blasting headbangy gnar-ness as oppurtunity for a more introspective listen.


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greg84
Staff Reviewer
May 13th 2012



7315 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Mad props for reviewing this. Good write-up too. I totally agree. Have a pos.

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Eclecticist
May 13th 2012



3863 Comments


I am still undecided as to what my rating for this album is. It will probably rest at a 4 but I have to listen to it more. Decent review but I am holding up on a pos because the review needs some editing. You are on the right track though!

aqualungcancer
May 14th 2012



573 Comments


What style is this prog? More Tull or Floyd?

aqualungcancer
May 14th 2012



573 Comments


EDIT: This was just a repost, sorry about that boys, computer's laggy.

aqualungcancer
May 14th 2012



573 Comments


What style is this prog? More Tull or Floyd?

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
May 14th 2012



19981 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album rules.

Sevhead
May 14th 2012



569 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

thanks, greg. aqua, it's more floyd-esque than jethro tull.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
May 14th 2012



19981 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review btw. I spotted 1 or 2 mistakes but I'm aware that editing is down atm so have a pos.

Sevhead
May 14th 2012



569 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

hey thanks jamie. the formatting looks mad dumb, but c'est la vie.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
May 24th 2012



4940 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

just found this on RYM yesterday and impressed with the sample I listened to on spotify.

D41V30N
June 20th 2012



949 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great album. This needs more love.
Pos for the review.

CaptainDooRight
June 20th 2012



28332 Comments


Still gotta hear this.

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D41V30N
June 21st 2012



949 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Get it as soon as you can, man. It's really great.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
June 21st 2012



4940 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

kind of meanders on at times, but it's a great concept (ie mixing sludge with prog rock)

D41V30N
June 21st 2012



949 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Some of the drum segments reminded me of High On Fire. But yeah, it drags at times, and so the 3.5.

Someone should review the new Oddland album, though. Just sayin'.

solitude
August 27th 2012



8 Comments


First Light is my song of the year so far, its beyond epic.

Sevhead
December 27th 2012



569 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Finally had the oppurtunity to edit the format. While I realize in hindsight I plenty overrated this record, playing the vinyl when the brownies were kicking in with the roomates was pretty unforgettable.

chemicalmarriage
February 28th 2014



1905 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice review. Really dig this record. Needs more love

Underflow
March 9th 2014



2526 Comments


These guys are killer.



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