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Pagan Fruit

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Pagan Fruit
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Type: Full-Length
Release Date: 2014
Genre: Atmospheric, Psychedelic, Rock
1. Creature Comfort
2. Totem Crawler
3. Return To The Sky
5. Son Of Raven
6. Devoured By Lions
7. Spirit Of The Staircase
8. Waiting On Winter
9. Call Of The Hallowed Horn

Review by Adam M on May 7, 2014.

Dwellers play good, old fashioned classic rock that has the hippy vibe ingrained. Riffs are crisp, hazy and melodies infectious as one would expect. There is a very heavy influence of the classics like Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and Cream to be found here, but with a slight added heaviness. I found myself very addicted to this album in a similar fashion to the disc by Graveyard, Hisingen Blues.

The problem is holding its own next to the classics, which is a difficult task these two albums achieve quite well. There may not be as many innovative ideas as classics like Are You Experienced? or Houses of the Holy had at time, but there is an up in the ante of harmonious riffs that are complemented by a nice organ in the background. Return to the Sky is a highlight and really brings out the best groove from the band. The vocals are of the bluesy type that is very similar to the aforementioned Graveyard album. The tone of the music lends itself to being psychedelic at times. The music's heaviness is close to old Sabbath, but it carries more of the classic rock element with it. Recent material by Gypsyhawk would also constitute a good comparison of another band trying to recreate the classic feeling.

Don’t expect anything particularly original, but the performance of this old style is at least noteworthy, much like the Graveyard release. The injection of some major bluesy psychedelic portions from time to time breaks up the straightforward classic riffing at the right intervals. The constant groove is ever-present and will enrapture the listener. Pagan Fruit is an exciting and moving release that is one of the surprise releases of the year so far.

Ratting: 8 out of 10