Elder’s “Omens” is five epic-length tracks of pure prog (Review)

Elder, 2020

While some may view tracks lasting longer than four or five minutes a bit tedious, I find them as tests of comprehensive composition and a maintaining of the listener’s attention. For a song that long to keep the listener from hitting the skip button takes some serious talent and variety, and Elder looks to do that with their new albumĀ Omens, where every track is at least 9 minutes long. One look through their discography reveals they’ve made a habit of this, so I look to examine this band’s psychedelic/progressive bouts.

Title track “Omens” is the first of five songs on the record. A solid minute-and-a-half of synth leads into the vocals two minutes in, and a dreamy, jammy part that follows to contribute to the song’s massive length; halfway through the song, there’s no signs of fatigue, and strings transitioning into a delicate, long-winded guitar solo keep things going as the track gets a proper outro.

It’s strange to say, but the “shortest” piece, “In Procession,” clocks in at 9:21. With more synth reminiscent of Yes and Styx, Elder’s influences are wide and many in their sound. Exceptionally riff-y in nature, this track is the most accessible of the five. The last big moment sees a layered hook get more than a minute dedicated to it, deservedly-so.

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The Ghost Inside emerge from the ashes with new song, “Aftermath”, detail new album out in June

This is what we call rising up like a phoenix from the metaphorical ashes. After a van accident on tour a few years ago that would have broken many other bands, The Ghost Inside’s determination to even play a single show afterwards is nothing short of a miracle. Whether you’re familiar with the band or even whether you’re a fan or not, you really have to admit the band’s determination is inspiring.

It’s with that said that the band even releasing a new song is quite a feat. They did just that, though, with “Aftermath” – it really goes in, that’s for sure. That’s not all, though. The band’s self-titled new record drops in June via Epitaph Records, and it’s produced by Fit For An Autopsy’s Will Putney. How’s that for a rebirth?

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