Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Full Length Review: Sundrifter "An Earlier Time" (Small Stone Records) by Dave Wolff

Band: Sundrifter
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Country: USA
Genre: Desert rock
Full length: An Earlier Time
Format: Digital, CD, vinyl
Label: Small Stone Records
Release date: February 16, 2024
With the release of their third album "An Earlier Time", Sundrifter captures the feeling of reviving an ancient civilization that had some metaphysical connection to the stars that modern civilizations cannot comprehend.
The civilization that existed in the distant past was reduced to ashes by some unspoken apocalyptic event, but its essence remained, not quite forgotten by the descendants of the people who had lived there and preserved all it was over many centuries.
Featuring psychedelic post rock, early grunge and doom metal, this coalescence of sounds unifies the tribal and spiritual attributes of the civilization, venerating its gods in a similar manner as tribal cultures on this world that preserve their history through chronicled accounts and spoken tales.
With each chord progression, bass note, drum hit, and incorporeal vocalz, the band seems to celebrate this not-quite-forgotten culture whose knowledge was passed on to our tribal societies. In the manner of many thrash, death, and black metal bands, Sundrifter extend their musicianship far beyond their influences and previous recordings, conjuring prodigious songwriting and expansive soundscapes.
People whose tastes are variegated between Black Sabbath, St. Vitus, Hum, Soundgarden, Radiohead and Alice In Chains should find a great deal to immerse themselves in from "An Earlier Time" as each song is like its own contained universe with such massive feelings it’s hard to believe they’re created by three musicians. In this sense they're comparable to Jimi Hendrix Experience and Rush.
"Begin Again" is one of the tracks that most potently reflects a reawakening of something old and sacred as well as their galactic connection. It was released as an advance single, and vocalist/guitarist Craig Peura describes it as a representation of confronting one's failures and overcoming them. Bassist Paul Gaughran describes it as incorporating all the musical and non-musical influences that have contributed to "An Earlier Time" becoming a monumental representation of the direction on which Sundrifter intends to travel.
With this album, Sundrifter reaches farther reaches in the cosmos than you’d expect, and you’re given a high so natural and genuine that it is not even necessary to ingest any psychoactive substances to alter your state of mind. –Dave Wolff

Craig Peura: Vocals, guitar
Paul Gaughran: Bass
Patrick Queenan: Drums

Track list:
1. Limitless
2. Space Exploration
3. Nuclear Sacrifice
4. Prehistoric Liftoff
5. Begin Again
6. Want You Home
7. Final Chance
8. Last Transmission

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