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Dead Roots Stirring

by Elder
Dead Roots Stirring by Elder
Released: Sep 2011
Label: MeteorCity
Monster drum grooves (slammed out on an enormous John Bonham-style kit) and verdant, searching soloing is what sets this power trio apart from most Sabbath-doom types. In some ways they're more a heavy hippie band, stretching out every one of their second album's five elongated (about 9 to 12 minutes apiece) songs with blues-based jam interplay that mimics the album art's drug-dream vistas, and occasionally blasts into a deep-space black hole. In parts of the title track they even sound like the mid-'80s, Dead-and-Neil-Young-infused Meat Puppets -- perhaps absorbed via J Mascis.
CHUCK EDDY

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