Den of Antiquities – Groundhogs

Earlier this summer, a Philadelphia psych outfit known as Ecstatic Vision announced the cover artwork for their latest album, For The Masses on Instagram. The image they used stopped me mid-scroll and elicited a genuine audible reaction – an incredibly familiar photo of a guitarist mid-ecstasy, split up into a…

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Ecstatic Vision – For the Masses

Last October I went to the Days of Darkness festival in Baltimore, MD to see Blue Oyster Cult play alongside a number of esteemed metal, industrial, and hard rock acts. Among the other bands on the lineup were Philadelphia psych rockers Ecstatic Vision, a rising star in the heavy music…

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Editors’ Picks – September 2019

September ends and with it, Summer fully dies. Especially where I’m presently at, the East Coast of the United States, the first brushes of Autumn are being felt. To be honest, there’s no better time of the year for metal; sure, Winter is black metal’s eternal domain but Autumn lends…

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Release Day Roundup – 9/20/19

Editor’s Note: I’m glad to welcome longtime reader Remi VL as a regular guest contributor to our Release Day Roundup posts! He submitted several of the albums listed below. Join his Facebook group for more recommendations. -Scott Murphy Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to…

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Ecstatic Vision – Raw Rock Fury

Ecstatic Vision’s Raw Rock Fury is a good-natured record that most people are gonna want to like. It’s hard not to smile when the first track, which is all of 17 seconds long, is called “Intro” and is pretty much a swooshing noise. A cursory listen reveals these guys know their Nuggets and have been in several garages, surely. The band has made a fun enough record, at least while it’s being played. In a way it may even be the perfect record for the U.S in 2017—all flash and no substance. Whether this was intentional… well, that’s highly doubtful, though some listeners may feel otherwise. If you’re wondering whether you will enjoy this record, look at the cover and you will know. Raw Rock Fury can be judged by its cover, presumably something the band is intrinsically aware of.

Ecstatic Vision – Sonic Praise

Easily the most unsuspecting release from Relapse this year, the debut album from Ecstatic Vision does not sit well alongside releases from Gruesome or Maruta. It sits somewhere above them, not quite on top of them, more somewhere in the planes between metal and psychedelic euphoria. Sonic Praise is definitely one…

Ecstatic Vison (ex-A Life Once Lost) Keep the Vibe Very Much Alive On Psychedelic New Track

Most of my favorite albums of the year thus far all role squarely within the stoner/doom/psychedelic genre, and once Ecstatic Vision release their debut album Sonic Praise, it seems I’ll have yet another to add to my list. Ecstatic Vision is the band that former A Life Once Lost guitarist Doug Sabolick started after ALOL…