Jess And The Ancient Ones

Album Title: 
Astral Sabbat
Release Date: 
Friday, February 22, 2013
Review Type: 

Jess And The Ancient Ones are a rather unusual formation, seen from a musical point of view, even though they do fit perfectly to Svart’s roster. On May 23rd 2012 the band debuted with a nameless (self-called) full length (review: see Archives Section, update 09/12/12). Apparently there was a split-EP with Deadmask through Doomentia, but I haven’t heard this material, so I can’t say anything about it. This new three-tracker has been recorded again at Necromorbus with Tore Stjerna. It’s based on the same ingredients, i.e. bluesy and smoky Seventies Rock with an occult vibe, an acid-laden atmosphere, catchy semi-Americana elements and a hint of Psychedelic Doom. Nice detail: the Shocking Blue-cover Long And Lonesome Road, re-adapted in that personal JATAO-style. And worth (or necessary) mentioning as well: the lengthy (almost fifteen minutes) final hymn, More Than Living, which is very varying and, more than ever before, almost emotional and integer. It’s almost a Doom-Pop ballad with a Sixties Rock-attitude.Still a must for fans of Blood Ceremony, Roky Erickson and Coven.