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Metal has always had a dedicated following but this decade has seen a rise in prog rock addicts. I’m not talking about the 70’s prog stuff, I’m talking about people craving technical and abstract guitar work as if it were a drug. New Bedford, MA shredders Elder have been the physical representation of the happy medium between those two musical tribes since the mid-2000s. Their multi-dimensional style of metal harks back to the genre’s glory days of the ‘70s while pushing it forward into the future. The band’s latest album Reflections Of A Floating World that came out on June 2 via Providence label Armageddon Records is a testament to that.

Usually, Elder’s releases are LPs that only consist of a few songs. That’s only possible due to each song being over 10 minutes long. This time around, this album has six songs with four going over the 10-minute mark. The original trio of guitarist & vocalist Nick Desalvo, bassist Jack Donovan and bassist Matt Couto find themselves being joined by guitarist Michael Riseberg and pedal steel player Michael Samos as well. Musically, the evolution of Elder is evident with multiple dimensions being incorporated into a cornucopia of amazement.

“Sanctuary” starts the album off with hypnotic shredding courtesy of Desalvo and Riseberg. Hearing another guitarist to compliment Desalvo’s talents adds to the brilliance that the band has already possessed. Another track that’s a stunner is “Staving Off Truth”. There’s a non-stop onslaught of amplification that rages on from beginning to end. Samos’ skills on pedal steel are exemplified on “Sonntag” by giving the instrumental track a distorted vibe.

Elder will be taking the stage at AS220 in Providence on Halloween night with fellow electrifiers Black Pyramid, Dirt Devil, and Rope Trick. It’s bound to be a raucous time that no one should miss out on. Get there early because it will be a packed house. While you’re there, grab a copy of Reflections Of A Floating World. Your brain will be melted but you’ll have a smile on your face.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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