Ancestors hailing from Los Angeles, California formed in 2006, have two previous full lengths, an EP and a split already under their belts. They are marketed as being a doom/stoner metal band, and while I\’m unfamiliar with their previous output, I can say with absolute certainty that the stoner/doom tag definitely doesn\’t aptly apply to this EP.
\”Invisible White\” the EP\’s title track, opens very somber like as acoustic guitar, violin and piano greet the listener with a haunting atmosphere. The first three minutes of this track recall \”White Album\” era Beatles, that comparison is promptly thrown out the window however as the clean harmonized vocals remind me of later Arcturus, Borknagar or Ihsahn minus of course the screechy side of the aforementioned.
\”Dust\” picks up right where it\’s predecessor left off with mellow, drawn out vocal passages backed by a Hammond Organ, acoustic guitar and drums softly hit with brushes as opposed to drum sticks. The near fifteen minute \”Epilogue\” closes out this EP and at last I can hear some semblance of electric guitar mixed in with the mellower mood music. Ancestors at this point are reminding me of post blackened folk meets Pink Floyd and I know that is one oddball mixture but listen to this stuff, look me in the eye and tell me I\’m wrong.
I\’d have a number of difficulties using the word \”metal\” to describe any of the three songs featured on INVISIBLE WHITE. Having said that, I can appreciate this music for what it is; spacy, avant garde and soaked in moodiness. Probably a good disc to throw on if your battling insomnia or just wanna chill out.
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