Review: Ancestors – “Invisible White” (Tee Pee Records)

Invisible White is the EP follow up to the 2009 full-length release of this LA based doom prog quintet, Ancestors. The band has brought back many of the psychedelic elements that won respect in their first two albums, but they stripped most of the heavy blues characteristics from those ventures and focused on maturing their ability to make damn near perfect melodies that can trip you far out into the clouds. The first song named after the album sets a dreamy landscape of psychedelic folk rock with a wide range of eclectic influences (from PINK FLOYDARTHUR BROWN, and URIAH HEEP) that will surely introduce newcomers to what they can expect from the entire album. Ethereal guitar and the organic keyboard tones remain to add to a mystic ambience of the record. The emotionally charged conclusion to the 29 minute long album, “Epilogue,” brings us back into the heavy distortion expected of a doom album and lures the listener into a track nearly half of it’s length. Invisible White’s most prominent characteristic is the piano backdrop that guides the listener between instrumental themes of melancholy and uplifting deliverance on all three songs. Although short (much like any EP) it promises a lot of potential for the future of this spacey band lurking on the edges of the heavy metal stratosphere.

RATING: 8.5 / 10
By: Nicholas Pendergast
Band Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ancestorsband

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