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

Review: Sourvein – “Black Fangs” (Candlelight Records)

SOURVEIN’S last full-length album came out in 2003, so Black Fangs has been released with a high degree of anticipation leading up to it. Along the way, SOURVEIN has done several splits and EPs to keep their listeners… well, listening, but no opportunity to present something truly demolishing has been granted to them until now. SOURVEIN formed in Cape Fear, North Carolina (as if you could form your band in a town more heavier than that) back in 1993, and with that they wield a double edge sword: big fucking clout, but that they need to keep up among fresh audiences and newcomers to the rapidly evolving sludge metal scene. Unfortunately Black Fangs doesn’t deliver anything ground breaking or exceptional. Although they certainly have remained true to the crushing roots of the swamps that spawned their nasty heavy style of crust punk infused groove metal, they have done nothing to separate themselves from legendary acts like EYEHATEGOD and CROWBAR, and those are two bands that no one will ever overshadow by copying their own breed of music.

RATING: 5.5 / 10
By: Nicholas Pendergast
Band Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/SOURVEIN/238932972468