Shrinebuilder 

Shrinebuilder

Rumors of this thunderous collaboration gurgled to the surface more than a year before it actually happened. Unlike most "supergroup" projects, however, the result does not disappoint. Comprised of Scott "Wino" Weinrich (Obsessed, Saint Vitus, The Hidden Hand), Al Cisneros (Sleep, Om), Scott Kelly (Neurosis), and Dale Crover (Melvins), this project is the unleashing of a massive five-song epic that meets, if not exceeds, expectations.

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It should not come as a surprise. None of these guys hail from bands that do anything by the numbers. Each artist's back catalog is a journey through doom, metal, prog and art rock. The recurring theme here is mood; the songs are dense and trippy, heavily dynamic, with vocal duties shared by three voices (Cisneros, Kelly and Wino). The dream team rhythm section of the always-innovative Cisneros on bass, and Crover on drums, is the perfect anchor for compositions that roll through the speakers like the ocean under heavy surf.

Detractors will say it does not sound like a cohesive "band" effort, that the output is a little all over the place. That is valid, but irrelevant. This is a document of what four giants of a little known genre are capable of creating when they get in a jam room together. One should expect uncharted territory.

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