Elder (band)

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Elder
Origin Boston, United States
Genres Stoner rock,[1] doom metal, progressive rock
Years active 2006–present
Members Nick DiSalvo
Matt Couto
Jack Donovan
Michael Risburg
Past members Chas Mitchell

Elder is a three-piece heavy metal band from Boston, Massachusetts consisting of frontman Nick DiSalvo, drummer Matt Couto, and bassist Jack Donovan (who has replaced founding bassist Chas Mitchell). They have released five full-length albums since 2006 besides demos, EPs and a split album with Queen Elephantine. DiSalvo has stated claims that Colour Haze and Dungen are "the bands that have really influenced the methodology or the philosophy behind [Elder's] new direction".[2]

History[edit]

Elder released their first album "Elder / Queen Elephantine" in 2006: a split album with the psychedelic rock band Queen Elephantine. Elder played at the Roadburn Festival in 2013.[3] Elder also had a live recording session at Valley Homegrown in 2010 in which they played songs from their self-titled album "Elder" and their unreleased (at the time) 2011 album "Dead Roots Stirring".[4] Chas Mitchell was previously the bassist for the band. The band is currently located in Fairhaven, Massachusetts.

Discography[edit]

Elder / Queen Elephantine (2006)[edit]

This split album is the first appearance of the band under the name of Elder released in September 2006.

Label: Concrete Lo-Fi Records

Track listing:

  1. Queen Elephantine - Ramesses I
  2. Queen Elephantine - Ramesses II
  3. Queen Elephantine - Ramesses III
  4. Queen Elephantine - Ramesses IV
  5. Elder - 1162
  6. Elder - Red Sunrise
  7. Elder - Black Midnight
  8. Elder - Soul Incarnate

Elder (2007)[edit]

The first demo album by Elder released in May 2007.

Label: Harsh Brutal Cold Productions

Track listing:

  1. 1162
  2. Red Sunrise
  3. Black Midnight

Elder (2008)[edit]

Elder's first full-length self-titled album. This album incorporates a mixture of doom metal and stoner rock elements throughout, while mainly consisting of doom metal and some low-pitched strained vocals on such songs as "Riddle of Steel Pt. 1" similar to Sleep's album Dopesmoker.

Label: MeteorCity Records

Track listing:

  1. White Walls
  2. Hexe
  3. Riddle of Steel Pt. 1
  4. Ghost Head
  5. Riddle of Steel Pt.2

Dead Roots Stirring (2011)[edit]

Elder's second album released on October 25, 2011. This album, unlike their previous album, mainly incorporates stoner rock elements and some psychedelic rock elements. Clay Neely was the sound engineer for the album, Justin Pizzoferrato mixed it, and Adrian Dexter created the album artwork.[2]

Label: MeteorCity Records

Track listing:

  1. Gemini
  2. Dead Roots Stirring
  3. III
  4. The End
  5. Knot

Demos & Live (2012)[edit]

Elder's second demo album.

Label: Acid Punx

Track listing:

  1. 1162
  2. Red Sunrise
  3. Black Midnight
  4. Gemini (Live)
  5. Riddle of Steel (Live)

Spires Burn / Release (2012)[edit]

Elder's most recent EP album (as of August 29, 2013), which was only released on vinyl and then converted to a digital format. Released on April 21, 2012.

Track listing:

  1. Spires Burn
  2. Release

Elder: Live at Roadburn (2013)[edit]

A live album released on November 15 consisting of six tracks from their previously released material.[5]

Label: Burning World Records

Track listing

  1. Gemini
  2. Dead Roots Stirring
  3. Spires Burn
  4. The End
  5. Knot
  6. Riddle Of Steel Pt. 1

Lore (2015)[edit]

A full-length album released on February 27, 2015. This album featured elements reminiscent of progressive rock, as opposed to the more straight stoner rock/metal sound heard on earlier albums.

Label: Stickman Records

Track listing:

  1. Compendium
  2. Legend
  3. Lore
  4. Deadweight
  5. Spirit at Aphelion

Reflections of a Floating World (2017)[edit]

The most recent album released on June 2, 2017.[6] Rolling Stone magazine rated it #5 on its list of top Metal albums for 2017. [7]

Label: Stickman Records

Track listing

  1. Sanctuary
  2. The Falling Veil
  3. Staving Off Truth
  4. Blind
  5. Sonntag
  6. Thousand Hands

External links[edit]

  1. Elder on Facebook
  2. Elder on Bandcamp

References[edit]

  1. ^ Terich, Jeff; Blyweiss, Adam (April 20, 2017). "10 Essential Stoner Rock Albums". Treblezine. Retrieved May 21, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b The Obelisk: INTERVIEW: Elder's Nick DiSalvo, Nick DiSalvo of Elder interview.
  3. ^ Elder - Roadburn, Information and a video of Elder at Roadburn.
  4. ^ The Obelisk - Elder, The Obelisk website showing Elders performance on Valley Homegrown.
  5. ^ Elder: Live at Roadburn: The Obelisk, A review and preview of the album.
  6. ^ "Reflections of a Floating World, by Elder". Elder. Retrieved June 2, 2017. 
  7. ^ "20 Best Metal Albums of 2017". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 3, 2018.