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Omens

by Elder

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    One of the 2020's most eagerly-awaited rock releases... Elder's 5th full length album: "Omens".

    “To me, Omens is our most complete work to date: a set of songs that express the breadth of the band's collective influences,” explains singer/guitar player Nick DiSalvo. “After recording The Gold & Silver Sessions EP, it felt like we fully scratched the itch to explore our minimalist side, taking a step back from the proggy song structures and heavy guitar work of our previous records and just letting the music drift along. When beginning to work on Omens, the goal was to integrate these two tendencies in the band - to make a modern day progressive rock record, but also to take time to jam and float when need be. Most importantly, I feel the spirit of adventure in our music is alive and well, and we missed no opportunity to bring in a whole new arsenal of sounds to the record.”

    The five song, 54-minute album is a concept album that mimics the lifespan of a civilization, and also reads as a commentary on our own society hell-bent on profitability at the expense of our own lives and environment.

    Omens was produced by Peter Deimel (Anna Calvi, The Kills, The Wedding Present) and recorded at Studio Black Box in Noyant-La-Gravoyêre, France. Deimel and DiSalvo mixed the collection.

    Elder is Nick DiSalvo (guitar, vocals, keyboards), Jack Donvan (bass), Michael Risberg (guitars, keyboards) and Georg Edert (drums). The New Bedford, Mass. born band have released five full-length studio albums: Elder (2008), Dead Roots Stirring (2011), Lore (2015) and Reflections of a Floating World (2017).

    Rolling Stone placed Reflections of a Floating World at #5 on their Best Metal albums of the Year, describing their music as “sheer gatefold-era grandeur”
    Kerrang! said the band has earned “a place amongst heavy rock royalty,” and Paste described the quartet’s music as “one of the very best heavy rock attacks on the planet.”

    “Elder have long been breaking out of the stoner metal niche and becoming just a great rock band who warrant comparisons to Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, UFO, and more, and really do justice to that kind of stuff.” – Brooklyn Vegan (Albums We’re Anticipating in 2020)

    Tracklist:
    1. Omens
    2. In Procession
    3. Halcyon
    4. Embers
    5. One Light Retreating

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1.
Omens 10:52
Cursing the day Palisades of the shadows
 Against the weight of decay 
 Grey light in bloom
 Wasting away In the embers of power Not a voice to remain Echoes of the past
 In the ruins tomorrow Lies the meaning of today where only memories are hallow For time to wash away Gaze upon me I have seen the end Suspended in light An omen to portend One are we Ae vigil in the end Suspended in light Days of halcyon descend Reawakened A temple from another age A peace to transcend loss fading away Navigating the empty spaces
2.
The solitary purpose To outshine the heavens in our minds
 Thoughts rain down a thousand suns Flicker on the surface of the own The principle of reason Wielded once in service of the all Detached from the master’s hand
 Blind and writhing ever toward the end Bleeding out A macerated land In veneration Raise a monument to man Marching onward Treading on the scars In procession


3.
Halcyon 12:47
Holding onto a moment A solitary thought Plain and overwrought in the same Seizing in focus A second of the day Our own duality overcome A paradigm, a meaning to itself Shifting out of view Slipping away into naught Raining down on me I can feel the earth What has come and gone Vanishing with no return
4.
Embers 10:47
Eyes face toward the sun Mounting the empyrean Everything is all that will remain Fate is just a word Striking straight into the nerve We all cast a shadow of the pain
 What is it you want Consuming every thought Consuming all you are Piercing right into the core A fallen star to deify Glowing in the morning light of all demise Bowing softly toward the end
 Staring at the sun hanging in air Wait for it to fall Seeing with the eyes of an animal Backed against the wall
 Carrying the voiceless in a hope And a hope within a sound Burning down to ash to disappear Without a trace upon the ground
5.
Golden leaf wrapped around the neck, idly turning Reaching for the sky to touch the sun again Drunken innocence, somatic senses corroding Roots that yearn to wander and reclaim
 Wander on Floating through the world we made before it’s gone Walk along One last time to say goodbye
 Footsteps echo on 
 In perpetuum An age of halcyon Fades into the past

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In the last dozen years, Elder has stepped out of the shadows of their peers in the heavy rock underground to emerge a unique voice, delivering album after album of almost unparalleled consistency and creativity. Omens, the band's fifth full-length record, is the newest pillar in the construction of their own musical universe. With it, Elder further embrace experimentation in their brand of progressive psychedelic rock in which atmosphere, melody and structure are created and transformed again and again.

Following 2017's Reflections of a Floating World and the 2019 experimental EP The Gold & Silver Sessions, it was anyone's guess what the band's next full-length might have in store. Having cemented their own sound – a dense yet lucid brand of heavy rock full of unexpected flourishes and progressive jaunts - the latter EP showcased an exact opposite side of Elder, more rooted in sparse krautrock and even jazz-tinged jams. Omens answers this speculation with a contradiction that embodies the spirit of Elder: somehow, there's even more everything.
In five cinematic songs, lush, intricately interwoven melodies grow and dissolve into spaced-out jams. Massive riffs thunder down into a churning sea of psychedelic sounds and unpredictable grooves carry away the listener. Elder paints pictures with their music, and Omens shows the band experimenting with an even more colorful palette – with good reason. After thirteen years, this is the first full-length recorded with a new lineup including guitarist Michael Risberg and new drummer Georg Edert, along with guest performances by Fabio Cuomo on Rhodes piano and synthesizers.
This is music for a vacation from reality – or to lose oneself in another world. And yet Omens is not purely an exercise in escapism, but also reflects the increasingly bleak, confusing and antagonistic times in which it was written. Composed as a concept album spanning the lifespan of a civilization, the album also reads as a commentary on our own society hell-bent on profitability at the expense of our own lives and environment.

Omens was recorded and mixed at Black Box Studios in France with engineer Peter Deimel (Shellac, dEUS, Motorpsycho) and mastered by Carl Saff in Chicago. The result is an album that is rich, warm and dynamic, presenting the many layers of Elder's complex sound clearly and offering new discoveries with every listen.

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released April 24, 2020

Nicholas DiSalvo – Guitars, vocals, keyboards
Michael Risberg – Guitars, keyboards
Jack Donvan – Bass
Georg Edert – Drums
Fabio Cuomo – (guest) keyboards

Recorded by Peter Deimel and Etienne Clauzel at Studio Black Box, Noyant-La-Gravoyère, France
Produced by Peter Deimel
Mixed by Peter Deimel and Nicholas DiSalvo
Mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering, Chicago, IL

Artwork by Adrian Dexter

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Elder melds the sounds of heavy psychedelic rock with progressive elements and evocative soundscapes.

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