Pelegrin
Al-Mahruqa
(2019)
Crank this to 9.5 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre:
Psychedelic, Stoner rock
Sounds Like:
Mars Red Sky, Floater, Mountainwolf
Sunday, March 29, 2020
The debut release from psychedelic trio Pelegrin is a thoughtful and meditative journey through some very majestic landscapes. Originating from France, Pelegrin play a unique style of rock that blends traditional psychedelics, heavy stoner riffs along with elements of space rock and Middle Eastern themes.

Al-Mahruqa is very fluent and an extremely exploratory album keeping within exceptionally cohesive boundaries. The dreamy and subdued heaviness is very cathartic throughout as these 5 lengthy tracks have a way of pulling you into their cosmic vortex. Guitarist François Roze has a wonderfully calming way, as the perfect blend of echo support his drifting style. Al-Mahruqa is definitely best in a full sitting as the melodies have continuity throughout. Their cosmic contrast and expansive range are impressive throughout the 40 minute journey.

Tracklist:
1. Majoun 09:18
2. Farewell 06:31
3. The Coldest Night 09:15 
4. Dying Light 05:22
5. Al-Mahruqa 10:32

Standout Track(s)
"Farewell" really shines for us as such a alluring piece. The swirling guitar melodies are absolutely infectious and calming. This track takes what the Verve did to a whole new level infusing such creative range into heavy shifts. While the entire album has such a majestic aura this track really paints a vision of glory and calmness. We actually like it in the second slot of Al-Mahruqa rather than as a predictable closer.

Adult Beverage Pairing:
If you can get your hands Sans Culottes-Nord Pas de Calais what a wonderful beverage to accompany Al-Mahruqa sound. With 9% ABV and being brewed out of Norther France Sans Culottes has a wonderful amber taste bleeding with malty vibrant notes. 

ROTATION RECAP:
Vocal Performance
9.3 out of 11

Risk of Subwoofer Damage
8.6 out of 11

Fretwork Prowess
9.5 out of 11

Captivation and Variety
9.6 out of 11

Weight of the Heavy
8.8 out of 11

Lyrics and Song Structure
 9.5 out of 11

Overall Album Flow
9.8 out of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics
8.7 out of 11

Production Value
9.2 out of 11

Final Thoughts
Al-Mahruqa never seems to tire, in fact the more rotations you give it, the more subtle nooks and crannies will develop and unfold. For those heavy listeners looking for something to calm their nerves and provide escape, Pelegrin have captured a very refreshing cosmic formula. We highly recommend you give this a listen and keep it on steady rotation.

Line-up:
François Roze (guitar/vocals)
Jason Recoing (bass
Antoine Ebel (drums).
 
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