A very heavy instrumental album. A good listen but don't expect to relax. A Saccade is defined as a rapid movement of the eye between fixation points. This just about sums up the rhythms in the track, always changing and jumping around. This album will keep you on the edge of your seat.
flightoficarus (Metal Trenches)
I normally just don't care for post-metal. Furthermore, this is instrumental; which I like but am even more picky about. Despite having such barriers to jump over to please this jaded, fast-and-hard metalhead; 12 Areas managed to not only prove enjoyable but surpass all expectations. The arrangements are interesting and intensity never lacking. Crunchy, heavy, tasty: like a good cereal. Full review: metaltrenches.com/reviews/stormlike-174Favorite track: Saccade.
Available on transparent blue/green 12" Vinyl & CD (Devouter Records) & cassette tape through Tartarus Records
“12 Areas is a unique beast in the instrumental landscape of 2014: it serves as a whole, a complete journey that takes the listener through various shades of blue. It tackles the challenges of instrumental music, to be interesting and unique but not scattered, with an original approach" Heavy Blog is Heavy
"Cystine Knot and To Kiss the Ocean’s Floor meanwhile possess a sound so huge it seems to engulf anyone and anything in its wake. This is music to get lost in, its greatest form and the juxtaposition of beautiful mellow and hideously brutal passages are executed with a remarkable intelligence"
released May 5, 2014
Engineered, mixed and produced by Tom Donovan
Mastered by James Plotkin
Artwork by Alex CF - www.atheological.com
To everyone who has and continues to support this band, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
An unbelievable mixture of stoner and heavy psych sounds and influences, also with plenty of long jam sessions to balance out with the amazing vocals. Ever since hearing this album I have been at a loss for words for describing what makes Elder such a great band to people who don't yet know them. The production on this record is also very, very crisp ellis_boyd_redding
This review is long overdue. This album right here is the album that finally pulled me out of the "commercial" music world and into the world of the raw, experimental, and sincere. An amalgamation of everything I love about post-metal and hardcore taken to a mathy, heavy, ambient extreme. brineryte