Elder - Omens
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2020 Ratings: #556 / 809
User Score
Based on 90 ratings
2020 Ratings: #752
April 24, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Stickman Records / Label
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Elder have been flirting with progressive rock almost since its inception, but this time they go from winking at him to whispering the phone in his ear. A bet that has been received with some suspicion, but that prevents the band from stagnating in its high-flying psychedelia.
This is the first album I am covering by the stoner metal band, Elder which are most famous for their 2011 release Dead Roots Stirring. Even though with their 2020 album, Omens then moved towards a more progressive rock-oriented style of music with a heavy focus on Heavy Psych with their famous stoner aspects taking more of a back seat in this 5-track album.

So, first thing first, the instrumentals are still as great as ever bring a lot of life into the tracks, especially giving it the ... read more
Elder is a stoner metal/ heavy psych band, who's been very consistent up until this point, and I would even say that I consider their last album, Reflections of a Floating World to be one of the best stoner metal albums of last decade. Understandably, Elder's 5th album, Omens was one I was excited to listen to. *sigh* aaaaand it just makes me sad to see a band who's been so great up until this point suddenly fall so low. The most obviously off-putting thing is how incredibly weak Nick DiSalvo's ... read more
The vocals suck.
Dude, I love Elder. Reflections of a Floating World was one of my favorite albums of the past decade. This... is kinda disappointing.

The vocals are just bad and unenthusiastic across the entire album, and the psychedelic instrumentation throughout, while still good, is not up to the standard that I think Elder has set for themselves in the past. There are some moments of bright, shiny, fantastic Elder. But for the most part, I have to say I didn't really enjoy this all that much.

Sick album ... read more
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Added on: February 1, 2020