Elder (USA-MA)
The Gold and Silver Sessions


2.5
average

Review

by Rawmeeth38 USER (12 Reviews)
July 19th, 2019 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Elder tackles desert rock

Elder is a fantastic band. In the past 10 years, we have been blessed with 2 master class stoner rock/metal albums in “Lore” and “Dead Roots Stirring.” These have stayed steadily in my rotation since their releases and never fail to impress. Although I never got around to fully spinning “Reflections of a Floating World” (which I should), I did listen to a little and thought it was great so I put this new EP on my radar as soon as it was announced. Elder has a great sound that has been slowly developing over their course as a band. There was something special about Lore; it was an epic record. The same cannot be said about this new EP.

On “The Gold and Silver Sessions,” Elder has adopted a desert rock, instrumental, psychedelic sound in which they look to create big atmospheres and jam-like song structures. It is 3 tracks long and around 37 minutes in total listening time. To be honest, it tends to drag on to the very end. That is not to say that the performances by these guys are not stellar. They do sound great in fact and the production on this EP is fantastic for that matter. Guitars are crisp, bass fills are on point and drumming to match both. There are also some synths here and there and a great organ section towards the end. However, this is a sound that has been done. It is nothing original and it is not THE Elder sound, most importantly.

All three tracks tend to do the same thing. They meander on for however long until one section comes to an end, then a different jam section commences and that will play out for a certain amount of time etc. The first track “Illusory Motion,” flaunts dreamy guitars and a psychedelic atmosphere that doesn’t really do much for the first 7ish minutes except drag and make me yawn. Would be great to play before bed. Just don’t let it exceed to the last 2 minutes because you will be met with a change in the jam again to a much heavier sound more reminiscent of their prior work. I enjoyed this part greatly when it first started but it did overstay its welcome as the song came to an end.

The centerpiece “Im Morgengrauen” features some great drumming and dreamy guitar again. At 5 minutes in length this is the shortest song of the three and probably my favorite. This sounds like a true instrumental that would fit in the middle of one of their run-of-the-mill LPs. The final track is 18 minutes in length and my god it feels like a lifetime. For the first 6-7 minutes, I was met with the same drum fill and guitar riff that repeats itself over and over again while another guitar noodles about until I was way past the point of being sick of it. Not the best start to a closer. Would’ve sufficed as elevator music with great musicians. However, towards the end an organ makes its entrance as it welcomes in the closing section of the EP. This is the best moment on this project. Big, heavy guitars come blasting in that made me go yes…YES!! THIS IS THE MOMENT I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR!

In the last 2 minutes of this project the true Elder from Massachusetts shows themselves in epic fashion. Unfortunately, that is all though. The EP then comes to a close and I’m left puzzled and frustrated that I wasn’t head banging the entire 37 minutes. Let me be clear, this is not a BAD EP. Don't love it nor hate it, just falls somewhere in between. Elder has taken on a desert rock vibe for this thing with some heavy psychedelia influence as well. If that is what they want to do, then so be it. They are still a fantastic band and if you are in to the whole atmospheric, jam rock vibe then I’m sure you will enjoy this rather greatly. At the end of the day, Elder can do whatever they want and I will always still respect them wholeheartedly. 2.5/5.



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deathofasalesman
July 19th 2019


6302 Comments


Dude, GET ON "Reflections of a Floating World" RIGHT NOW!
Other than that, solid review. I haven't listened to this one myself. Not too keen on the fact that it's instrumental. I am curious to hear how their production has improved.

Confessed2005
July 19th 2019


4977 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I quite enjoy this. Review reads likea 3 or 3.5 rather than a 2.5 but you make your point well.

Rawmeeth38
July 19th 2019


1408 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

@salesman Yes I know I really gotta give it a proper listen, been beating myself up over it.

And to whoever negged... reveal yourself and critique me

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
July 19th 2019


9962 Comments


Not too bad. Feels like you repeat yourself quite a bit here, reuse the same words, etc. The central point is clear, however, so in that this is relatively strong, and I like the personality you showcase as a writer. Perhaps cleaning up certain moments (i.e. that big YES!!) wouldn't hurt, but overall it's solid.

Ghost negs are unfortunately likely when one negatively reviews a popular release. I've been there before lol

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osmark86
July 19th 2019


9171 Comments


new Elder is always worth a spin.

Rawmeeth38
July 19th 2019


1408 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Thanks man, I’ll work on my word usage and proof read next time. Appreciate the advice again!

Dimorphic
July 19th 2019


959 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is.... Okay. Not very good. Glad it's not a full album.



Man, you're always gonna get a cheeky ghost-neg for not giving a glowing review to a band that Sput loves. Comes with the territory of having an opinion of your own.

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RivalSkoomaDealer
July 19th 2019


1630 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Review definitely reads like a 3 or 3.5 but other than that good stuff.

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Rawmeeth38
July 19th 2019


1408 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I do love Elder and this is not bad at all but my final verdict on it is a 2.5. I could see how it reads like a 3 or 3.5.

MetalMarcJK
July 19th 2019


159 Comments


Great review. I'm gonna have to give this a spin.

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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
July 20th 2019


4833 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The laid back parts on this EP remind me of Papir and Causa Sui. It's a nice addition to their catalog

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deezer666
July 20th 2019


4731 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cant compute 'i do love elder ' and 'i havent listened to reflections '

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ChaoticVortex
July 20th 2019


814 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I found this EP very enjoyable but well written review nonetheless. Also Elder did stoner/desret rock before but with a much heavier, sludgier angle (s/t album and Dead Roots Stirring). This is more laid back.

Confessed2005
July 20th 2019


4977 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, this is chill.

Rawmeeth38
July 20th 2019


1408 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

@deezer I know I have to don’t judge me

Sunnyvale
July 20th 2019


1147 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lovely EP, this has grown on me with every listen

Dimorphic
July 20th 2019


959 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Wish I had the attention span to give this slow piece of music multiple listens in the course of a couple of days tbh.

deezer666
July 20th 2019


4731 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@Raw Its phenomenal man

JohnDillinger
July 25th 2019


254 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I guess it's okay for what it is, but what it is has zero potential to ever be interesting.

Aluktodolo
August 3rd 2019


54 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Surprising to see the negativity, because I’d class this release as one of the best and most refreshing of the year. It’s a great detour for them and expands upon some of the more textured sections they’ve explored on the previous two albums. There is context to this release missing from the review; it was originally going to be a solo album, but it was fleshed out to be released by the band, so it was always destined to be left field for them, though Sonntag from ‘Reflections’ was a clear precursor to this sound.

Elder are one of the most musical bands around in heavy music right now, so I would expect and hope for even more of these experiments on future release, especially EPs.



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