Dead Meadow
Dead Meadow


4.5
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Review

by menawati CONTRIBUTOR (90 Reviews)
December 20th, 2012 | 39 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dead Meadow blend an intoxicating concoction of heavy psychedelia and stoner rock on this powerful and entertaining debut album.

Dead Meadow burst onto the thriving Washington DC scene of the late 90's with aplomb. The local environment was dominated by punk and indie music at the time but the band decided to follow their instincts and move away from those particular genres. Boasting ponderously powerful riffs and droning otherwordly soundscapes built upon a stoner rock template, the band attempted to forge their own brand of what they themselves referred to as "organic rock".

The music on this debut album is remarkable in its apparent maturity, especially considering that the band were so young at the time of its conception. The youngsters pile on some bludgeoning psych-drone that nevertheless manages to evince a dreamlike quality which leaves the listener floating upon a wave of glorious noise. Taking their cue from the literature of Tolkien and H.P. Lovecraft as a basis for their own deranged lyrical style, the band take us on journeys through surreal landscapes brought to life by the intense but evocative music. Opener "Sleepy Silver Door" tells a trippy tale of childhood daydreams over a backdrop of grinding drone and fizzing 60's style psychedelic riffs. Main man Jason Simon's contributions on lead guitar are just the icing on the cake as he abuses wah and fuzz to thrilling effect over the solid rhythm section of Steve Kille and Mark Laughlin.

Even better is "Indian Bones" with its boogie style rhythm and suitably abrasive textures. The song lifts off with a space-rock tinged middle section of echoing guitar, pounding bass and clattering percussion before coming back down to earth with some pounding riffs. "Beyond The Fields We Know" is almost a showcase of everything the band has to offer tucked inside nine and a half minutes of shifting soundscapes. The song weaves its way through hypnotic wah soaked jams, chugging beats and opiate melodies before reaching a crescendo of vicious freakbeat style riffing. The band are also comfortable when taking things down a notch or two as is demonstrated on the entertaining "At the Edge of the Wood", which features some intentionally artless acoustic guitar strumming and suitably prosaic lyrics.

Dead Meadow would go on to expand their horizons and incorporate eastern influences, blues, folk and shoegaze into their music on subsequent releases, but this debut still stands as their strongest release due, in no small part, to the enthusiasm and sheer single-mindedness they channeled into their sound. By taking on the hard rock and metal influences of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath and fusing this into their own drone based brand of psychedelic rock, Dead Meadow certainly achieved something akin to their desired "organic rock" sound. If you are a fan of heavy psychedelic music this album is well worth a spin.



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menawati
Contributing Reviewer
December 20th 2012


16023 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Off to a remote cabin in the wilderness for Christmas so no more sput until New Year for me so...happy christmas to everyone and hope there are some Dead Meadow fans.

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ShadowRemains
December 20th 2012


20743 Comments


good shit

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MeatSalad
December 20th 2012


14540 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sweet, this needed a review

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
December 20th 2012


20676 Comments


Good stuff. Great review as always, pos'd.

Merry Christmas mena.

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wacknizzle
December 20th 2012


13249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Band rules, good review.

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WeepingBanana
December 20th 2012


10146 Comments


these guys are mentioned in the wire and one of the members is david simon's nephew or something

they must be good

wacknizzle
December 20th 2012


13249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hahaha that's funny Weeping, I saw an episode in that show where some homies rolled up and they were jamming 'At Her Open Door' lol.

InFiction
December 20th 2012


3662 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is so good.

alachlahol
December 20th 2012


7489 Comments


good album good guitar tone, tracklisting is all jacked up

alachlahol
December 20th 2012


7489 Comments


Wait for a warm night where the sky and moon are alive, working in perfect harmony to create an ever-changing work of art. Then go off for a walk out into the darkness while listening this. Then find a spot to lay and enjoy the lovely canvas of lunar perfection while drifting out to the tune of Dead Meadow.
- wacknizzle

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
December 20th 2012


16023 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

tracklisting is all jacked up


yeh it was wrong, edited it, should be ok when approved

tommygun
December 21st 2012


24938 Comments


didn't read pos

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tommygun
December 21st 2012


24938 Comments


will read later I promise

greg84
Staff Reviewer
December 21st 2012


7391 Comments


I need to check this band out some day. You make it sound interesting.

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tommygun
December 21st 2012


24938 Comments


ok read it and it rules as usual

I really envy your writing skills mate

album sounds really cool too gotta check

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
December 21st 2012


16023 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks guys, this is definitely worth listening to when you are intoxicated in some way

CaptainDooRight
December 21st 2012


29146 Comments


sik rev for a sick band, gd job Pos'd

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Funeralopolis
December 21st 2012


11366 Comments


damn this rules hard

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Jethro42
December 21st 2012


12440 Comments


Good review, posd.

Funeralopolis
December 21st 2012


11366 Comments


just finished listening to this twice, absurdly good stuff.



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