posted by March 1 at 15:37 PMon
Stoners, as a people, are not generally known for innovation. Their behavior is habitual, often highly derivative of what other stoners have been doing for decades. Stoner rock has generally followed down the same path - re-imagining the highlights of what previous stoner rock bands have already discovered. Occasionally, a band is able to pick and choose all the right pieces from the music of their past to create a final product that surpasses its origins: it seems Saviours have achieved this in only their second album. Into Abaddon may not be particularly innovative, but it is a remarkable amalgamation of everything great its genre has put forth since its inception. They have looked omnisciently at the intersection between classic rock and metal and chosen all the best bits.
There are obvious bands that Saviours will draw comparisons to: Black Sabbath, early Metallica, Motorhead. These bands create a familiar base for what the band is attempting, but none of them are all encompassing. Saviours have succeeded where most similar bands fail, figuring out how to properly represent their influences without sacrificing originality. Their songwriting shows impeccable taste in their choices of riffs, solos, and breakdowns. Nothing is out of place. The crowning moment, “Firewake Angel,” is a thousand page epic quest unfurled in six short minutes, with a lead guitar line that tells a better story than any narrative could.
A friend asked what Into Abaddon sounded like, and I told him it was like riding your trusty steed into the evil fortress. When I purchased the LP the next day I was elated to find that the illustration inside the gatefold was of the band members, in full armor, riding their horses into a castle of skulls. Saviours are doing everything I could hope from a rock band. Into Abaddon is a soundtrack to all my stoned fantasies.
Tonight @ El Corazon, with Fu Manchu and ASG. 9:00. $15.