January 27, 2012
Anyone else miss Verse En Coma? Yeah, me too. Well, maybe you didn’t know but members of VeC went on to form Ancient Sky (also featuring members of Darkest Hour, Ghastly City Sleep, and Majority Rule). Although T.R.I.P.S. is Ancient Sky’s sophomore album, it sounds like an entirely different band than the one that released the S/T record. For me, the S/T left a lot to be desired. I had lofty expectations considering the individuals involved and the labels that put it out. On T.R.I.P.S., Ancient Sky takes the psychedelic weirdness of Black Angels, grunges it up with some Dinosaur Jr. vibes, and even sprinkles a touch of reverb-y stoned blues on the top. Where other similar groups fail is in their drawn-out, long-winded repetition. Ancient Sky cuts all that nonsense and consistently is changing things up in their songs. If you enjoyed that Solids tape that we posted last year, you’ll dig this as well. Get into it and then pick up a copy from LOUD BABY SOUNDS or SONS OF VESTA.