Monday, June 29, 2015

Ecstatic Vision "Sonic Praise"

Country: USA
Genre(s)Psychedelic, Space Rock
LabelRelapse Records
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release date June 29, 2015
1. Journey (5:11)
2. Astral Plane (12:38)
3. Don't Kill The Vibe (5:00)
4. Sonic Praise (5:24)
5. Cross The Divide (9:43)

Doug Sabolik - guitars, vocals
Michael Field Connor - bass
Jordan Crouse - drums, percussion
Muffinman - percussion

Aesthetics aside, Sabolick and co. play really driving space rock. With an energy that fans of Clutch will appreciate, the music barrels forward and upward, often using repetitive riffs in a manner befitting the nature of stoners alike. Each track really feels like it’s own unique beast, regardless of the repetitive nature of a lot of the guitar and bass riffs. Not afraid to draw back and let the psychedelic sounds take over, each refrain is worth it’s weight in gold when a big, rolling riff comes back around. Ecstatic Vision fill these eclectic moments with ethnic percussion and rhythms befitting those instruments, finding time to throw in some other wordly sax soloing too. “Astral Plane” and “Cross The Divide”, the longest of the five tracks, are given the chance to spread their metaphysical wings and take flight, thanks to these prolonged sections of noodling. This might lose the attention of some, as for all of it’s glory, their is very little maneuvering in terms of tempo. Along side the minimalist nature of the rhythm section, it would be quite easy to lose track of what is going on.
 Read the full review by Matt MacLennan at heavyblogisheavy.com



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