Elder, Goatsnake, Arc of Ascent
If Glen Danzig could have intercourse with Pete Stahl of Goatsnake fame
(and men could have babies) their first born would sound like the lead
singer of Savanah. Formed in 2014, the Austrian threesome stick to a
steady and inspiring formula. A formula of majestic stoner fuzz rock
where grinding heavy rhythms dictate.
1. Deep Shades (6:44)
2. Painfull Illusion (7:38)
3. Magellanic Clouds (4:42)
4. Endless Sleep (7:40)
5. Blue Reality (7:13)
While the five songs do not sway all that much from the formula, all
five tracks hold our attention. It is hard to get tired of well produced
sonic guitar riff bliss. The vocals are crisp and contain just enough
echo at the right moments. The bass churns and engulfs the listener as
the backbone lead guitar riffs take us to even higher grounds.
Deep Shades (6:44) - The initial two minute build-up is powerful. Soft
creeping vocals strengthen to harken perhaps one of the most majestic
riffs of 2015. Love the lengthy tongue whipping 90s-esque guitar solo
that pops up three times throughout the track.
Painful Illusion (7:38) - Tool-like creeping intro catches our attention
immediately. A circular repetitive melody dominates throughout this
track. Entertaining, but could have been cut down just a bit.
Magellanic Clouds (4:42) - Complex math-rock percussion intrigues during
the intro of this track. Savanah brings things down impressively on this
track. We hear Colour Haze influences up the wazoo on this track.
Heartfelt riffs and climactic highs.
Endless Sleep (7:40) - The vocals preach from the depths of hell on this
one. The despair that makes Danzig’s vocals so unique really punctuate
Blue Reality (7:13) crank up the wawa pedal on this track. Twists on
earlier melodies during earlier tracks creep back into this finale. The
track hits some bouncing grooves at about the 4:20 mark. The metal
guitar solo flare resurfaces as well.
Deep Shades is 32 minutes of five cohesive tracks that feel like one
song. Difficult to delineate from one song to the next in reality, but
it is effective and takes us away. Ultimately music in our eyes should
take you away and alter your mood. Savanah does just that with clarity
and impact. - 11/9/2015
Standout Tracks: Deep Shades, Blue Reality, Magellanic Clouds
Label: Stone Free Records