Prog- and psych rock masters, ELDER, have released their new, critically acclaimed album, Innate Passage, via Stickman Records in Europe and through Armageddon in North America.
It‘s the band’s sixth full-length, and finds the mostly-Berlin-based band in the post-pandemic era as veterans at the forefront of a league of progressive and heavy groups working in large part under their influence; a stately presence as reliably forward-thinking as they are unpredictable in sound. They are among the most important acts of their mostly-still-emerging generation. Genuine leaders in style and expressive intention. Innate Passage is further proof why.
In Spring 2020, Elder released their fifth album, Omens, and with it established a claim on their most prog-leaning interpretation of sprawling heavy rock and roll. Two years later, Innate Passage builds on many similar concepts, but outdoes its predecessor on every level of performance, weight of its impact, interplay between founder Nick DiSalvo and Mike Risberg’s guitars and keys, the now-settled-in drumming of Georg Edert – who made his debut on Omens – and bassist Jack Donovan’s tonal warmth underscoring the shimmer of DiSalvo’s leads. Alongside DiSalvo, Innate Passage also features a guest singer performance for the first time in Behrang Alavi of Samavayo.
The album is a culmination of everything they’ve done before, and that’s reason to celebrate, but more, it is that after more than 15 years, they’re still pushing forward to places where neither they nor anyone they’ve influenced have yet gone.
Says DiSalvo: “This record channels the surreal world we live in from a fantastical point of view, not super-literally, and how we as humans processed that; everyone on their own passage through time and space and whatever version of reality they chose for themselves. The phrase ‘Innate Passage’ appeared to me when writing the record. Passage and transition are necessary in the human condition and this process is intrinsic to us. All the growth and introspection we underwent in the past few years totally made this apparent to me more so than any other experiences in life so far.”
Purchase your copy of this must-have album, one that belongs into every well-sorted prog- psych and heavy rock record collection, now available via Stickman Records HERE and in North America via Armageddon Shop at THIS LOCATION!
Innate Passage track listing:
- Endless Return
- Merged In Dreams – Ne Plus Ultra
- The Purpose
“Innate Passage is a milestone from musicians who’ve proved themselves unafraid of reinvention.” CHICAGO READER
“…its masterful, slow-building might recalling forebears and fellow-travellers Mastodon and Cave In. Throughout Innate Passage, Elder prove themselves those bands’ equals.“4/5, THE GUARDIAN
“Elder sind so souverän wie nie zuvor!” 9/10, CLASSIC ROCK DE
“Innate Passage expresses this with unremitting beauty and dynamic craft. To call it one of 2022’s best albums is underselling it.” THE OBELISK
“Album des Monats!” ECLIPSED DE
“These guys know exactly how and when to take their songs to the next level, and they capitalize every time.” 9/10, METAL INJECTION
“Innate Passage is another classic album from Elder and only enhances their reputation of being one of the essential Psychedelic Stoner Rock bands within the whole scene. This is a type of album that will inspire future musicians for generations to come.” OUTLAWS OF THE SUN
“Ein unschlagbares Paket!”
Album Soundcheck #04, METAL HAMMER DE
“Elder zocken wie vom anderen Stern…”
Album Soundcheck #07, ROCK HARD DE
“This could well be the band’s masterpiece!“
10/10, POWERPLAY MAGAZINE UK
“In Grimms Märchen siegt das tapfere Schneiderlein über den starken, aber dummen Riesen. Nicht physisch, sondern mit Cleverness und Schlagfertigkeit. Auch Elder wissen, wie man Wasser aus Steinen drückt. Es war einmal eine Stoner-Rock-Band, die auszog, aus allem das Beste zu machen.”
Album Soundcheck #02 + Album der Woche, VISIONS DE
“Elder continue to forge ahead on their own path, their sound unique, their songs grandiose. Innate Passage is excellent!” EVERYTHING IS NOISE
“Ein wundervolles Erlebnis!” ARTNOIR CH