The problem with doom metal instrumental albums is that they’re a bugger to review! How many times can we say, “this album is chock-full of bowel-loosening riffs” without repeating ourselves as often as most of these bands repeat a riff?!
Fortunately, Portland’s From The Ages do bring an experimental edge to I‘s lengthy jams, which keeps things on the right side of interesting….and at least gives us something to say!
Full of fuzzy groove and shifts in tempo (From The Ages aren’t all doom n’ gloom), it’s on their more introspective, ‘cleaner’ moments that they transcend and there’s a certain jauntiness to the central riff of “Solace” which brings a smile to this miserable face. And, while “Denouement” may open with what feels like a 10BPM funeral doom pace, it also comes laced with a hallucinatory vibe that takes the track into satisfyingly spacier realms.
Hard rock, doom, psych; it’s all here and all delivered with suitably big-riffed panache! 7/10
GO LISTEN to From The Ages’ I on Bandcamp here.