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Queen Elephantine : Garland Of Skulls

The slow pounding riffs of Queen Elephantine take you to a very relaxed state of consciousness.

Queen Elephantine have been around for some time now giving us various records, and after Kailash in 2010 comes now Garland Of Skulls, their third full-length, distributed by CLF Records. The Hong Kong band relies on heavy stoner rock laden with drone elements and lament-like singing to try and induce ritualistic/tribal atmospheres.

I believe that their formula is almost as good as anyone’s out there, except that after the first song of Garland of Skulls, namely ‘Potency’, and its original if not fantastic use of sitars, it tends to wear off a little bit since both ‘Libation’ and the ending eponymous track seem to be made from the exact same mold.

One persistent quality found throughout the record is that the slow pounding riffs of Queen Elephantine has the potential to induce alpha brain waves and put you on a very relaxed plane of consciousness. The problem is that for some it may also be synonym of boredom. To try and appreciate the music of Queen Elephantine, it probably takes some kind of pre-meditation state where your heart and brain will not focus on the music but let it resonate throughout the whole body. I can see that now since being a bit sick, I’m heavily sedated and the music is now opening doors which remained closed at first. I’m not saying though you should completely get in a drug stupor to enjoy the music because we’ve got public health standards here at doom-metal.com, but chances are that's what it really takes to give Garland Of Skulls two thumbs up.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Potency
2. Libation
3. Garland Of Skulls

Duration : Approx. 35 minutes

Visit the Queen Elephantine bandpage.

Reviewed on 2011-09-13 by Frédéric Cerfvol
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