Of Sound Mind
Ancestors bring forth a particular style pleasantly similar to heavy bands heard before, but supply their own unique blend of genres. Of Sound Mind features a theme of four instrumental tracks which precede four 13-plus minute immense rock pieces. After the first introductory track “From Nothing,” “Mother Animal” starts off with Chico Foley’s epic swirling synthesizer lines and slow, but heavy rolling drum beats provided by Brandon Pierce. Heavy mid-tempo guitars abruptly burst in with Justin Maranga’s controlled, commanding vocals; “Slowly the season brings release” rounds out the mammoth track. “Bounty of Age” proves to be the most dominating on the album, containing eight minutes of modern prog rock with an edge, followed by a stoner build which expands into a solid groove led by wild organ keys and a Neurosis-esque outro. “The Trial” clocks in at an astounding 17 and a half minutes and seems as if it could be a thicker and more modern version of Pink Floyd due to tripped out atmospherics and intelligent use of electronics commonly found throughout the album. Although Ancestors have adopted from many obvious styles, they create a unique sound of their own, which should be noted, though one can also feel easily lost in.