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Eternal Elysium : Share

Every music junkie has their favorite record label. Perhaps it's Red Stream. Or Peaceville. Or Rise Above. In my case, I think Meteorcity puts out some of the highest quality stoner/doom music on the planet. And no, I don't work for them! Every label release that I can think of is top drawer: Solace, Solarized, the 'I Am Vengeance...' soundtrack; they're all good. And now we can add Eternal Elysium's 'Share' to this noble company.

Following on the heels of their widely hailed Y2K debut, 'Spiritualized D.', 'Share' is more diverse and gives us a better idea what Eternal Elysium are capable of. The trad. Doom that has put them at the top of Japan's old school (along with Church of Misery) is still much in evidence, but it doesn't stop there. This is one of the most psychedelic doom albums I've ever heard. There's a solid stoner vibe mixed in as well, and some elements that defy classification. 'Schizy' leads off with some hard-charging doom, replete with rhythmic changes and treated vocals. 'Feel the Heat' has an ass-kicking, up-tempo stoner groove, and 'Movements and Vibes' actually enters the realm of funk. But don't worry, it's in a good way, OK? My personal favorite is 'Waiting for the Sun.' At over 9 minutes, it's the longest tune on the album and features a Cathedral-esque lurching doomy blues groove, theatrical vocals, and a guitar that slays, but not before pounding your head repeatedly against the nearest flat surface. 'No Answer' features some slide guitar reminiscent of the finest moments on their debut album. Hell, this is some of the best slide phrasing since David Gilmour's work in the 70s! And I can continue the Pink Floyd comparison with 'Fairies Never Sleep,' which has vocals weird enough to bring Roger Waters to mind, at least when he was experimental and interesting.

There's plenty of variety to get into with this one, but it's first and foremost a doom album that any old-schooler will love. Fans of anything from Deep Purple to Cathedral to Pink Floyd will dig it. Drop a tab and get bludgeoned.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Schizy
2. Feel the Beat
3. Movements and Vibes
4. Waiting for the Sun
5. Machine
6. No Answer
7. Love is All
8. Dogma
9. Fairies Never Sleep

Duration : Approx. 53 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kevin McHugh
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