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||Black Tar Prophecies, Vol. 4, 5 & 6 CD (2013) |
William Slater albums When Portland, Oregon's instrumental warlords Grails released Black Tar Prophecies, Vol. 1 in 2006, the members themselves saw it as a pivotal turning point in their sound. Still a relatively new group, they'd been shying away from their early odd hybrid of traditional Celtic modes ...
||Burning Off Impurities CD (2007) |
William Slater songs Track Listing of songs: Soft Temple; More Extinction; Silk Rd; Drawn Curtains; Outer Banks; Dead Vine Blues; Origin-Ing; Burning off Impurities;
||Doomsdayer's Holiday CDs (2008) |
William Slater discography Grails is one of the more consistent and assured bands to emerge out of the Pacific Northwest's fertile drone metal scene. Their second album for Temporary Residence is a slab of dark, exploratory heaviness as black and imposing as 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY's monoliths. A ...
||Redlight CD (2004) |
William Slater albums Grails' second full-length album seems to be influenced by one or more of its members moonlighting in Jackie-O Motherfucker, namely in its appropriation of dirge-like "traditionals" (or at least what sound like folk spirituals) and elaboration of them in a post-rock context. Or perhaps there's ...
||Zak Riles CD (2008) |
William Slater CD discography A key member of the post-rock outfit Grails, guitarist Zak Riles continues his main band's interest in experimental, psychedelic instrumentals that often draw a heavy influence from the traditional music of the Far East. Some compositions engage Eastern modalities and drone-like structures in a way ...
||Burden of Hope CD (2003)
William Slater music CDs Grails are like that worn and comfy leather jacket that you've had for years and years: it slips on easily and conforms to the contours of your body, immediately soothing you with its warmth and its recognition of its owner's body shape. The Grails = ...
||Take Refuge in Clean Living CD (2008) |
William Slater CD discography The Portland, Oregon, outfit Grails creates a Pacific Northwest brew of psychedelic gloom that recalls both the band's contempoaries (they've worked with or toured with Jandek and OM) and their foggy locale. REFUGE is percussive and rhythmic but without menace or bombast; its instrumentation is ...
||Black Tar Prophecies, Vols. 1, 2, & 3 CD (2006) |
William Slater music CDs This three-volume set of instrumentals from the Portland, Oregon band is a blend of space rock and esoteric folk music, held together with liberal doses of electronica. "Stray Dog" conjures Indian ragas, while "Back to the Monastery" combines the experimental glory days of Krautrock bands like Can and Tangerine Dream with musical explorations in the spirit of sonic pioneers like the band's fellow Northwesterner, John Fahey.
Grails: Alex John Hall ...