A good psychedelic rock album is like no other; the expansive vibes lend these sort of releases an unmistakable sense of grandeur. However, it's hard to find albums nowadays that can pull off the style (although I've been having good luck with that, recently). Luckily, bands like Impuritan are more than willing to step up to the challenges. Much like Kylver, these guys blend post rock, stoner and psychedelic rock to create a drawn out, looming style of music that's highly effective at generating mood. I am honored to be able to premiere today not only their latest EP, Altered Statues, but also a music video for the track "Spruce", off the same release. Head on down below for both!
It's no secret that I love stoner metal, especially in its more progressive varieties. Something about the mixture of synths and the distortion or perhaps the imagery often surrounding these albums just draws me to them like a moth to the flame (not the Metallica song in this case). That's why, when I was faced with Kylver's cover art and description for The Island, I was instantly drawn in. Those pink monoliths, the track lengths, the promise of instrumental and progressive stoner rock; everything was promising. Happily, that promise was more than capitalized upon by the album itself, as it provided me with expanse sonic soundscapes filled with interesting ideas and musical phrases. Head on down below for your first listen and then we'll chat.
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