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Dark Songs of the Prairie, the first full-length album from Denver's ACROSS TUNDRAS, holds eight portraits of heavy majesty carved out of massive syrup riffage and spacious melodies. It's almost like hearing some mysterious 70's country rock outfit thawed out and refitted with mighty amplification, sludgecore tempos, and shoegazey shimmer that conjures up visions of the wide open prairies and looming mountains of the band's home territory. As weighty as the melodic heaviness coming from the from the whole "post-metal" camp, but coming from a different place altogether, ACROSS TUNDRAS draw a tangential line from Neil Young to HUM to NEUROSIS, and unleash a powerful new statement of rustic, crushing Americana. Features former members of Sioux Falls, SD post-hardcore outfits SPIRIT OF VERSAILLES and EXAMINATION OF THE...
This curious little genre, with its sprawling sludge epics and spiraling ambient dirges, has the oddest tendency to truly suck you in and keep you there for untold hours in the sort of prison you don't really want to escape. With their latest release, Dark Songs of the Prairie, Across Tundras throws their hat in the ring in hopes of adding their name to that aforementioned list. Judging by the music contained therein, their new album sets them squarely on the way to doing just that. This album is gorgeous - simply beautiful. Across Tundras melds the sort of slow, doomy sludge tempos that got Isis a stadium tour with fragile shoegaze melodies and a dose of folky nostalgia for days gone by. - Metal Archives 4/5