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Old Growth [Enhanced]

Dead MeadowAudio CD
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We've longed for the day when LA-via- DC translants DEAD MEADOW would drop a studio album that matched the power of one of the best shows on the planet. With 'Old Growth' the firm of Simon, Kille and McCarty have delivered a remarkably clear, powerful and confident recording that should ele- vate the trio into the pantheon of the great guitar bands of our time. Recorded at Sunset ... Read more in Amazon's Dead Meadow Store

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  • Audio CD (February 5, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B00109T8LW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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1. Ain't Got Nothing (To Go Wrong)
2. Between Me And the Ground
3. What Needs Must Be
4. Down Here
5. 'Till Kingdom Come
6. I'm Gone
7. Seven Seers
8. The Great Deceiver
9. The Queen Of All Returns
10. Keep On Walking
11. Hard People/Hard Times
12. Either Way

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A remarkably clear, powerful, and confident recording that should elevate the trio into the pantheon of the great guitar bands of our time. Darlings of both the stoner rock and the modern psychedelia worlds, Dead Meadow transcend both and have created a sound all their own. Packaging includes CD in digipak with tipped-in booklet featuring a gorgeous painting by LA artist Charles Wish. CD enhanced with bonus video. Featured in the movie "Such Hawks, Such Hounds" about heavy music of the past eight years. The film is named after a Dead Meadow song and will premier at SXSW. "Deafening riffs from outer space delivered in perfect slow motion" - Drowned In Sound.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Old Growth not like the old growth February 27, 2008
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I am a huge Dead Meadow fan, and I don't hesitate to say this album is least representative of what makes this band great. There are some great tunes here, but this album doesn't repeatedly hit as hard as the ones that preceded it.

I like many of the songs, but whereas previous efforts would elicit 3-4 songs (at least) to go on a self-styled "greatest hits" CD, "Old Growth" would get 2, maybe 3 (those being Ain't Got Nothin, Between Me and the Ground and Til Kingdom Come). Seven Seers gets a nod for its unique instrumentation.

The Great Deceiver, What Needs Must Be, Down Here, I'm Gone and Hard People are alright but not overly memorable. Admittedly it has grown on me, but it's still my least favorite DM album. The Queen of All Returns just sounds tossed off and Keep on Walking is more like an updated CCR cover than a Dead Meadow original.

My biggest gripe is that this album just sounds flat, as in the production is off somehow. It sounds flat or less dense than what would be expected from DM. The bass lines are mostly buried and it sounds as if the guitar is coming through a little $100 amp instead of a stack of Orange amps. Luckily, the band makes up for that when it performs these songs live. And that's what this album is -- and excuse to get out and tour again and play live in their element.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Meadow branch out on Old Growth March 29, 2008
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Dead Meadow has been at their psychedelic brand of fuzzed-out rock & roll for a while now. From the heavy blues rock of their self titled debut or `Howls From the Hills', they have become one of the pre-immanent players in the field that critics seem to tend to call `stoner rock'. Dead Meadow's 2005 release `Feathers' showed the group as a whole beginning to branch out stylistically from the riff fueled sound they had so recklessly honed to perfection of their first few recordings to a more layered and less distorted flavor of psychedelic garage. This left a lot of their fans upset & calling out for a return to the hard rock sounds of old.

Fortunately however, on 'Old Growth', the band kept on moving forwards instead of falling back into that stoner rock safety net.

This latest release from the group is my personal favorite Dead Meadow album. For the side of their fan-base coming from a psychedelic rock background, `Old Growth' comes as a welcome breath of fresh air from the metal beatdowns. Here the band really tinkers with their sound & to great effect. From the epic folk raga of Seven Seers to the lurching funk of What Needs Must Be, this is one of Dead Meadows most articulate albums, relying on hazy layered atmosphere rather than pure overdriven crunch to bring its drugged-out sounds home. This is not to say that the band has completely abandoned their fuzz, they have just imposed a more song-oriented sound on top of those grooves.

This album is one of those that really plays well as a whole, with sings pulsating in & out as the album progresses. The last song on the LP, Either Way, is a slow, mournful southern-gothic tune very reminiscent of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's sound off of their 2005 release `Howl', which I would very much recommend to anyone who digs this stuff!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good times come February 16, 2008
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Dead Meadow has never really been into radically changing their sound -- they've lost some of their rough edges, and some of their thick fuzz, but nothing too drastic.

And in "Old Growth," they keep doing what they do best -- vintage hard rock, tinged with some bluesy psychedelica, metal and stoner riffs, with the occasional ballad, and striking lyrics with a sense of fantasy. The newly relocated band lays out a powerful, dark musical experience that sticks to their signature sound, but is able to twist in a few new sounds.

It opens with some odd echoing sounds... and blossoms into a powerful, muscular riff that languidly twines itself through the whole song. Over the ringing bassline, Jason Simon drawls out a string of languidly dissatisfied lyrics: "Their silence is golden/they watch their man... the sun shines away/there's nothing to say/people will talk anyway...."

They try out a tighter sound in the follow-up, the stripped-down Southern-rocker "Between Me and the Ground," before winding into the fuzzy, darkly angular "What Needs Must Be." Those two sets a certain sound that they continue throughout the album -- ominous dark hard-rock, languid bass-twisters, eerie fantastical folk-rock, some low-burning rockers.

They even mix in a couple of uneasy, relatively gentle little ballads, tinged with some electric guitar but mostly acoustic. And one of their most striking songs is "Seven Seers," a sinuous little folk melody played with some flickers of grimy keyboard. Think medieval hard rock with a bit of metal here and there. Sure, it resembles nothing else in the album, but it's pretty good.
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I'll be honest, when Dead Meadow's 5th album, Old Growth, dropped in 2008, I was in a completely different mind frame musically speaking. I was playing in a blues rock band and was listening to a lot of older music from the 60's and 70's, so unfortunately, I missed out on this album and didn't really pick it up until a few years later. I did hear a few songs around the time this album came out, and honestly, I didn't really like them. I thought Dead Meadow mellowed out too much and the things that I liked about them were absent on this album.

Then I finally gave it a second chance, and well, it's not the Dead Meadow of old (of course not, this was 8 years after the debut), it's certainly not bad. Dead Meadow continues the path they laid before them on Feathers, and this is a much mellower vibe then previous releases. It's still very psychedelic, but it's more of a pastoral twangy vibe than a crushing riff vibe. The songs are a little easier to digest, there's no 9 minute behemoths on here like The White Worm or One & Old. It's a little easygoing this time, and rambles in a good way.

Of course, my favorite songs are the heavier tracks. The opening track, Ain't Got Nothing To Go Wrong, has a great climatic head trip jam at the end which I dug, and Til Kingdom Come, the heaviest track on the album, just feels massive. These guys know how to lay on a good hypnotic groove.

But elsewhere, you'll find them taking some mellow detours, whether it's the strummed I'm Gone, the balladry of Either Way, or the Eastern-flavored Seven Seers. This band still rocks, and they rock hard, but it's slightly different from the earlier days.

I can't wait for the next album, that's for sure. Only been about 4 years. What's the holdup, guys?
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