(Dead Roots Stirring)
Colour Haze, Dead Meadow, High on Fire
Impressive second album from the Boston based trio. Five tunes running approximately 51 minutes filled with sludge, grinding and pinpoint guitar-work. Dead Roots Stirring adds more complexity and song style than their debut. Vocalist and lead guitarist Nick DiSalvo is a strong talent offering up some melodic and towering guitar work providing the album with a little progressive tilt. DiSalvo’s vocals are steady but somewhat bland as they are second fiddle to his guitar work.
The five songs offer up quite a bit of variety; from straight-up stonerock to sitar/acoustic work to spiraling guitars and classic sludge. "The End" is the heaviest of the five tracks, culminating into a splash of ambient noise. "The Knot" conjures up a strong Sabbath feel with a strong consistent melody throughout. The self-titled track has some flaws and is sometimes a bit repetitive, but does have some strong guitar licks and standout moments. "Gemini" is probably the most anthemic song off the album, offering a steady build which is quite inspiring.
If you are fans of Colour Haze, prefer more vocals and perhaps a bit more song structure you will enjoy Elder. These dead roots have come alive and this is a strong album to put in your rotation.
Standout Tracks: Gemini, The End